In 1729, Arthur Dobbs, who would go on to become governor of North Carolina, was an MP of the Irish Parliament and had the job of examining the Irish balance of trade, which he found to be suffering. His report, entitled An Essay on the Trade and Improvement of Ireland, was quick to spot a couple of glaring problems.
Cider and, indeed, apples were being imported in large qualities into Ireland. Dobbs recommended that orchards be...
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