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Antigua Gallery

The windmill, featured in Antigua's coat of arms is one of 170 that existed in 1705 that were used for crushing sugar cane.

With the growing popularity of coffee, tea and cocoa in C17th Europe, the market for sugar grew. It was grown in Antigua as early as 1655. Sugar cane required greater capital investment than the tobacco and cotton that had been grown by early pioneers; however, it became a more popular crop as plantations were established. Between 1680 and 1786 more than 2 000 000 African slaves brought to the West Indies to work these plantations.

Source: "Shirley Heights - The Story of Redcoats in Antigua" by Charles W.E. Jane, M.A.

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