Boiled and served with spicy stews and soups, this indigenous West African grain soon began appearing on the tables of masters as well as servants. Although rice cultivation was attempted by such 17th-century Virginia plantation owners as Governor Sir William Berkeley, it proved a more valuable cash crop to colonies further south.
Did You Know?
In 1606, an English joint stock company was formed to establish settlements on the east coast of North America. This company included The Virginia Company of London (which founded Jamestown) and The Virginia Company of Plymouth (which established Popham, a short-lived settlement in Maine).