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Tobacco Wagon on Street
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As New England's Connecticut River Valley became more of a manufacturing area in the later 19th century, farming was, to some extent, displaced by the growth of towns. Tobacco was the one crop whose production increased, particularly from 1885 to 1914. Native Americans and early settlers had grown tobacco but not as a cash crop. As cigar smoking increased in popularity, soil and climate conditions enabled the growers of cigar leaf tobacco to compete with all others in the United States. Improved roadways allowed peddlers to carry the plug and twist tobacco the farmers grew and processed.
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