British Role in Global Tobacco Trade Quiz

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What is the main reason Britain used slaves in Virginia?

To produce tobacco on plantations

Which of the following is NOT a way tobacco products can be consumed?

Brewed as a tea

Which plant contains the addictive drug nicotine?

Nicotiana tabacum

What are the effects of nicotine on the body?

Both stimulant and depressant effects

What process do tobacco leaves undergo before being manufactured into tobacco products?

Cured, fermented, and aged

Study Notes

Slavery in Virginia

  • Britain used slaves in Virginia primarily for labor in tobacco plantations, as tobacco was a highly profitable crop.

Tobacco Products

  • NOT a way tobacco products can be consumed: Injecting
  • Tobacco products can be consumed through smoking, chewing, snuffing, and other methods.


  • The plant that contains the addictive drug nicotine: Tobacco
  • Nicotine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the brain and nervous system.

Effects of Nicotine

  • Effects of nicotine on the body: Increases heart rate and blood pressure, releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, and can lead to addiction.

Tobacco Leaf Processing

  • Process tobacco leaves undergo before being manufactured into tobacco products: Harvesting, curing, fermenting, and aging.

Test your knowledge about Britain's involvement in the global tobacco trade and its impact on the emergence of the tobacco epidemic. Learn about the use of slave labor in Virginia's tobacco plantations and the lasting influence of British and American transnational tobacco companies.

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