1. How did the settlers of Georgia find out that they could grow rice and what were the major hazards of growing rice in this area?
Everything they grew was by trial and error. If one crop did not grow, they would try something else. They found out that the swampy land along the Ogeechee, Altamaha, and Savannah Rivers was perfect for growing rice. Two of the largest challenges to growing rice were 1.) Rice birds would eat all of the rice plants and wipe out the crop and 2.) when there was a hurricane or strong winds, the salt water would get into the swampy areas and wipe out the crop for that year and possibly 2-3 years beyond that.
2. Even though rice was a profitable crop, why was rice not more widely traded after the Revolutionary War?
There were only a few places in Georgia where rice could be cultivated, and the British refused to buy rice from the colonies following the war. Cotton, however, could be grown in most of the other areas of Georgia, including the Piedmont. Other than the boll weevil, it was almost indestructible and grew fast. Also, after the war, it brought more money on the international market than rice.