Eliza Lucas Pickney

Eliza Lucas Pickney

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  • she mastered the writings of Milton, Virgil, Plutarch 
  • Eliza, with natural curiosity in botany considered the Indigo plant as one of these crops.
  • Eliza began cultivating the plant and developing a new strain in 1739.
  • After, successfully developing a strain of the plant that grew well in South Carolina, Eliza now needed help in finding  a way to produce the dye in the form of cakes that could be shipped to England.
  • A professional dye-maker from the British island of Montserrat to aid her in this quest.
  • Her dye was found to be superior to the French-made indigo and she happily began to planters throughout  South Carolina and within three year more than 100,000 pounds of indigo was shipped to England.
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