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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Planting of the Mulberry Tree

The leaves of the mulberry tree was needed to feed the silk worms being nurtured in the trustee's garden in Savannah. All of the first land grants given were conditioned upon the settler planting 500 trees.  The leaves from these trees were then used to feed the the filature house. The silk worm's diet of mulberry leaves causes them to secrete a protein like substance from their heads which produces a cocoon around their bodies. The cocoons are then unwound and the silk thread, or filatures, can be woven into fabric. 
In 1735 Queen of England wore a gown made of the Georgia silk to her birthday party.  By the next year German speaking immigrants called Salzburgers established a town north of Savannah called New Ebenezer and also began making silk.  Do you notice the mulberry trees in Georgia?

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