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1867, Robertson, Memorial on agriculture, mineral … resources, 1867 (2nd printing)
SEE ALSO 43522 Memorial and explorations of Honorable J.B. Robertson, in relation to the agriculture, mineral, and manufacturing resources of
the State; with the report of the Joint House Committee. January 1867. New Orleans : A.L. Lee, 1868. Judge Robertson was a man of wide interests.
During the Civil War, he took a mineralogist, an ironmaster, and a mechanic and canvassed the state at his own expense to discover what options the
residents might have for making a living since their world had been upended. He described the topography of Louisiana and what opportunities it offered
in general--pine forests, many navigable waterways, fertile soil, cheap land, large successful ranches in the southwest, and cypress timber in the
swamps. There were salt and sulfur deposits, iron was all over the state, brick and pottery clay, lignite coal, and best of all--oil. The state could
lease the oil lands and never have to worry about a budget again. Since enslaved labor would not be possible, farmers should think of less
labor-intensive crops. Louisiana was ideal for all sorts of grains, especially wheat. The state could be less dependent on imported food. He offered a long
list of food and industrial crops and noted that farms and their products were close to the sea. He strongly suggested a State Dept. of Agriculture for
demonstration farms and scientific investigation.
Title:   Memorial and explorations of the Hon. J.B. Robertson, in relation to the agricultural, mineral, and manufacturing resources of the state; with the report of Joint committee. January, 1867.
OCLC Number:   1352918317
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