Cotton being used in the New World

El Paraiso (a site on the Peruvian Coast) was a cotton producing centre of the New World. The people of El Paraiso Circa 1800 BCE – 1500 BCE produced such items as nets, fishing lines and clothing from the wild cotton, then traded these products to neighbouring communities.

NOTE: The cultivation of domesticated cotton crop, had not been yet practiced at that time.

      1800 BCE
      Nets, Fishing Lines and Clothing.
      El Paraiso

Additional Information:

  • Cotton – New World Encyclopedia
    Cotton can refer to members of the genus Gossypium of flowering plants or to the fiber produced from some species of these plants.
  • History of cotton – Wikipedia
    The history of cotton can be traced back to domestication. Cotton played an important role in the history of the British Empire, the United States, and India, and continues to be an important crop and commodity.
  • The Story of Cotton- History of Cotton
    No one knows exactly how old cotton is. Scientists searching Open Cotton Bollcaves in Mexico found bits of cotton bolls and pieces of cotton cloth that proved to be at least 7,000 years old.
  • Cotton’s Journey – The Story of Cotton – HISTORY
    Cotton is a plant, it grows wild in many places on the earth, but it has been known about, cultivated and put to use by people of many lands for centuries.
  • New World crops – Wikipedia
    The phrase “New World crops” is usually used to describe crops that were native to North and South America before 1492 and not found anywhere else in the world at that time.

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