David Quidnunc • Link
History of Sugar -- short essay
"The Bee, the Reed, the Root"
by Ray Burke
(about honey, sugarcane, sugar beets)
Only this paragraph is specifically about sugar in the 17th century:
"By the year 1600, sugar production in the subtropical and tropical Americas had become the world's largest and most lucrative industry. The 'sugar islands' of the West Indies brought great wealth to England and France. Queen Elizabeth displayed her wealth by putting a sugar bowl on her table and using sugar as an everyday food and seasoning. Great Britain took a commanding position in the sugar trade, and consumption of tea in the English diet increased tremendously with the use of sugar."
Sugarcane wasn't cultivated in Barbados until 1700. Sugar wasn't successfully extracted from beets until about 1800 in Germany.
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