Robert G. Lee
In response to the following passage from a 1976 poem promoting the English settlement of South Carolina, Georgia asked its readers to imagine the American colony as a potential commercial rival to China and India.
The frugal matron and blooming Maid;
The expiring Insects curious Work resume
And wind materials for the British Loom:
Our web to these shall all the Beauties owe,
Which Asia boasts and Eastern Pride can show;
With skilful China’s richest Damasks vie,
And emulate the Chint’s alluring Dye.”¹
While Georgia’s experiment with sericulture soon foundered on the wrong species of mulberry tree, the verse nevertheless...