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).
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Last updated: April 14, 2015