By Steven C. Rubert
Beginning with a short historical past of tobacco growing to be in Zimbabwe, this learn makes a speciality of the association of staff' compounds and at the paid and unpaid exertions played via either girls and youngsters on these farms.
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If boys come down to this country and their money is not forthcoming, it aﬀects the whole country, and the country gets a bad name. The boys go back to their homes and say that they have not been paid . . ”16 These concerns were apparently well founded. In an account from September 1928, a farm worker from Nyasaland, speaking for a group of fellow northern workers, told the Mazoe native commissioner: “We have asked for our wages many times, we are told to wait. We have waited, and we have got nothing.
The ﬁrst European attempt at farming in the district was by a group of ten settlers, who took up six separate farms in the vicinity of “Moore’s Concession,” north of Mazoe, in 1901. The ten settlers included three sets of brothers: Gilmoor, Charles, and E. R. Southey; Edgar, Noel and H. H. Marriott; and S. and W. Biggs. The two remaining individuals, R. C. Firth and A. R. 47 Virginia tobacco apparently began to be introduced into Mazoe sometime around the turn of the century. The earliest report of growing tobacco in the district comes from L.
The amount and type of baggage they carried north also helped to determine the cost of their return passage. For example, migrants departing from Mount Darwin were charged 5 shillings for their return ticket (20 shillings if they 38 / A Most Promising Weed had worked in South Africa) and were allowed to carry up to 70 pounds of baggage at no additional charge. 56 A unique element of the Ulere system was that in conjunction with providing free transport into the country for “voluntary” migrant workers, almost all of whom were men, Ulere agents also encouraged the wives and children of recruited male workers to accompany the men south.