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Describe the plantation complex in the Caribbean . Why was it so valued by Europeans relative to other regions of the Americas

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New World plantations employed a substantial workforce to plant, tend, harvest, and—in many cases—process staple commodities for export, usually to European markets. The plantation was strongly connected to transatlantic flows of produce, capital, and labor. It was an institution that defined Atlantic commercial activity during the 18th century and remained a central pillar of the New World economy during the 19th and early 20th centuries. For example, sugar, grown in the Atlantic crucible of the Caribbean, as well as tobacco in the Chesapeake, allowed new colonies to expand and thrive, as they shipped their desirable consumer staples to booming European markets, revolutionizing life on both sides of the ocean

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