This gumbo staple was introduced to the New World from Africa. Used as a thickening agent, it was cultivated by Thomas Jefferson as early as 1809.
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The land the English settled in 1607 was already home to more than thirty Powhatan Indian tribes. Each tribe had its own chief (weroance/weroansqua) who was “ruled” by paramount chief (mamanatowick) Powhatan. This Powhatan Chiefdom spanned all of tidewater Virginia and parts of the Eastern Shore. More...