Cotton was grown and used for fabrics dating back as far as 5500 BCE in the Indus Valley region, while cotton fabric dating to 5000 BCE has also been found in Mexico. It is believed that cotton was first planted in Florida in 1556. On October 28, 1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent of the first cotton gin.
Did you know that all of the cotton plant is used after it is harvested?
- The fiber is used for cotton products
- Seeds are used for animal feed and cottonseed oil for human use
- Plant stalks are tilled back into the soil