Eric Sloane and the Sassafras Tree

October 7, 2013 |  by

 

First signs of Autumn here at Weather Hill.  The Sassafras tree Edith and I planted last year is beginning to alight with autumnal color.

“Sassafras is a tree very closely associated with America, although few now aew aware of its history.  As the early American wonder drug, it was our first money crop and object-in-trade of the first American cartel.  In 1622 the Jamestown Colony was committed by the crown to produce thirty tons of Sassafras, with a penalty of ten pounds of tobacco on each man who did not produce one hundred pounds of it.”

– Eric Sloane A Reverence for Wood p. 91


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