National Geographic : 1913 Feb
Photo from Bureau ofInsular Affairs A TOBACCO PLANTATION: LA PLATA, CAYEY, PORTO RICO This picture shows one of the refinements of tobacco growing, the use of cheese-cloth to cover thegrowing plants. Ithasbeen found that tobacco, protected in this way, is much more valuable than that grown in the open. The leaf is lighterin color andweight; thetexture ismuch finer, yielding a larger number of leaves suitable for cigar wrappers. The tobacco is also much purer and hasalesser amount ofnicotine, gum, cellulose, and resin than the open-grown leaf. This tent system of production is used in Cuba as well asinPorto Rico.