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Because crops were grown for food and on most cotton was grown to sell for money. Everything you needed to survive was at the plantation, of course allot of homesteads in those days were self sufficient.

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Because southern farm and plantations were large in food

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the fact that it had both human and material resources. Its own labour force, water supply, living quarters etc.

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