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Bishop, J. Leander (John Leander), 1820-1868 / A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 : exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution ; and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of each decennial census
Volume 3 (1868)

The great tobacco manufactories,   pp. 511-532

Page 521

It has been remarked, that the inhabitants of the higher latitudes
of the globe demand stronger artificial stimulants than those of the
lower; and in respect of no other article that enters into the domestic
economy, perhaps, are local, or rather climatic influences more noticea-
ble than in connection with Tobacco.  Scotland and Ireland mainly
prefer the Tobacco of Western Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee;
while England manifests a preference for the milder products of Mary-
land, Kentucky, Missouri, and other Western States. Germany, like
England, demands a lighter variety than the States north of her, but
heavier than France, Italy, Spain, or the other countries bordering on
the Mediterranean. In this country, the order of progression is not
so regular as it is abroad.  Consumption does not appear to cor-
respond so nearly with the different ranges of latitude as in Europe,
Asia, or even Africa ; but there is, nevertheless, the same diversity of
taste and practice here that is observable there. Just as in Austria
and Turkey, totally distinct varieties are used, and deemed essential to
the fullest enjoyment from this source, so here, the various sections of
our country exhibit a varied preference for divergent species and styles.
The Northern, Eastern, and Middle States, manifest a close resemu-
blance to the kindred tier of States in Europe, using, generally, the
rich, fatty varieties ; while the Southern, in their practice, approximate
more nearly the custom and habit of Southern Europe. It is in the
custom of our Western States that we perceive the first real departure
from that order of adaptation which, from its universality and unde-
viatingness, appears to give validity to the assumption that there is a
natural law which makes certain parallels of latitude at once the
boundaries and the exponents of human appetite ; for there, light, or
as it is called, Bright Tobacco, is the rule, as in the Middle and North-
ern States it is the exception. The exception to the principle here
presented, is however, after all, more apparent than real. The adapta-
bility of certain portions of Western territory and soil to the produc-
tion of light manufacturing Leaf, and the accessibility of the whole to
the Bright Tobacco producing regions of the South, is probably the
actual reason why both manufacturers and consumers are predisposed
to this variety.
Mr. Bronson's sagacity is shown in the celerity with which he dis-
cerned the opportunity presented, by the tendency of his section, for
the introduction of an entirely new element into the Tobacco Trade of
the country; and the many advantages accruing to the trade every-
where fron this addition to its previous resources, entitles him to be
ranked among its most honored and deserving members.

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