Plantation, from Latin plantation, is the action and effect of planting (to put a plant, a cutting, a tuber or a bulb in land with the aim of taking root and growing). The set of what is planted and the land on which plants are grownTherefore, they are called a plantation.

PlantationFor example: “My brother has a raspberry plantation in his house in Patagonia”, “As I traveled the route, I was surprised by the amount of plantations in the fields of the country”, “The Police discovered a huge marijuana plantation in the bush”.

As an economic resource, cotton, the sugar cane, the coffee, the tea and the cocoa They are among the most frequent plantations in different countries of the world. The development of these plantations implies a whole series of social practices, such as the large estate or the hiring of labor under precarious conditions. On a large scale, it is common for the landowner to hire the people who take care of the plantations and harvest the fruits for little money.

Throughout history, several of these plantations have also generated some of the most aberrant situations for human beings. We are referring, for example, to those of cotton that during the 18th and 19th centuries allowed slavery to exist in the United States.

The south of the American country is the one that strongly advocated and defended the existence of slaves, since that area is the one that was most enriched by cotton crops. However, the North fully rejected this denigrating practice that violated human rights.

Disagreements reached such a point that slavery, among many other causes, was the trigger for the so-called American Civil War (1861 – 1865). Civil War was also called this warlike conflict of great proportions that resulted in the victory of the northern side and that led to the abolition of that war.

Regarding coffee plantations, we could underline that Brazil or Colombia are two of the countries that have a greater number of them. Curiously, in these nations what prevail are family plantations of small hectares, which do not have much mechanization but allow a large part of the population to work.

The characteristics of the plantations depend on the I usually and environmental conditions. Coffee cannot be grown in cold areas, since this crop requires high temperatures, to name one case.

The management of the plantation is vital for the environment not be harmed by the action of man. It is important to pay attention to the cycles of nature and native species to avoid degradation of crops and soil.

In addition to all the above, we must not forget that there are also prohibited plantations. This would be the case, for example, of marijuana. Hence, the Police work investigating where to find those in order to put an end to them and avoid drug use.