Cutting Tobacco, Province of Havana, Cuba

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It is from tobacco plants grown in the district here shown that the famous Havana cigars are made. Naturally, this tobacco is not all grown in the small province of Havana. It is grown, however, on the southern slopes of the mountain range which extends the entire length of the island of Cuba. Due to some quality of the climate or of the soil, or to the method of curing, the tobacco raised on these slopes is unequaled anywhere in the world. Havana tobacco and Havana cigars are known the world over. The tobacco is so named because most of the cigar factories are located in the city of Havana. The fame of Cuban tobacco rests upon its quality rather than upon its quantity. Cuba produces about half as much tobacco as does the state of Virginia, and Virginia produced only about one third as much as Kentucky does. The United States easily leads all other countries in the production of this plant. One third of the World's crop is raised on our soil. India comes second, with about one half as much as the United States; and Russia ranks third, with about two fifths of the production of India. The scene here shows three workmen busy cutting the leaves, and hanging them over a pole to dry. Each one of the bunches of leaves is called a "hank". Next to the tobacco, our interest is centered on the banana trees. These trees have been planted largely to shade the tobacco, because tobacco grown in the shade is of finer quality than that grown in the sun. In many sections of the United States the tobacco fields are covered with cloth to protect the plants from the intense summer sunshine. What is the largest city in Cuba? Keystone ID: 10236 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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