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Tea plantation in Malaysia
A Plantation is a deliberately cultivated area, for example: a large farm, growing one species of plant only, eg. Pine plantations produce raw material for paper-making.
Tobacco and coffee also grow on plantations. During the 1800s, Slave labour typically manned the early plantations (such as cotton plantations) in the southern states of the USA.
Early 20th century USA photo: "Negroes picking cotton on a plantation in the South"
Sugar plantations in the Caribbean and Brazil worked by slave labor are perhaps the best example of the plantation system at its height.
The word plantation may also refer to a colony, as in the history of Ireland.