• Sunrise over the Fort George River in the Timucuan Preserve.


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Sea Island Cotton

Sea Island cotton is a name for certain long-staple (long-fiber) cotton. Sea Island cotton (Gossypium barbadense) has strong silk-like fibers and smooth black seeds. Typical long staple cotton fibers are 1.5 to 2 inches long.

Sea Island cotton was the principle cash crop on Fort George Island from the early 1790s to 1865 (the end of American Civil War).





Sea Island Cotton Today

Further Reading

These pages were written by park volunteers Beth Wargo and Leo Garrett and edited by park staff.


Did You Know?

Pareja's Confessionario

The first translation of a Native American language into a European language – Timucuan to Spanish - occurred on lands within the Timucuan Preserve in the late 1500s. Fray Francisco Pareja did this translation at the Catholic mission of San Juan del Puerto on present day Ft. George Island. More...