Hemp fueled global trade and the expansion of empires, as entire navies were outfitted with hemp sails and ropes.

They were fantastically strong and resistant to salt, and wherever the ship went, there was always something on board that would help in case it had to land somewhere unknown… hemp seeds!

Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the New World in 1492 was made possible by hemp sails, from where they were then brought to America. Around this time, hemp was extremely important in England, whose navy depended on it. So much so that King Henry VIII signed a law requiring all farmers to grow a certain amount of hemp every year. Names arose throughout the country due to its importance, such as the county of Hampshire, now known as Hampshire.

5 Feb 2024
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