Saturday, May 12, 2012
261. China's Needs of American Ginseng and Its Infulence on American Social Development
Much has been written about American Ginseng’s contributionsto United States’ effort to open direct trade with
but its impact on the social development has been neglected. It should be noted
that American Ginseng had helped change American society in the early period of
the republic. For example, the Westward expansion was promoted by the pioneers
who looked for exploitable natural resources and new commercial opportunities. Driven by the need of gathering enough Ginseng
worthy for the journey of long distance to China China,
Ginseng diggers and traders were soon found in the Appalachian Mountains and other areas where Ginseng was readily available. After
gathering them together, the merchants would transport the herbs from the
interiors of Pennsylvania and Virginia to Philadelphia, New York, or .
“This proved to be an important educational influence, since it was almost the
only way in which the pioneer learned what was going on in the East.” As a
result, the huge masses of Ginseng diggers, traders, and transporters changed
the society. “Mobility of population is death to localism, and the westernfrontier worked irresistibly in unsettling population. The effect reached back
from the frontier and affected profoundly the Atlantic coast and even the Boston Old World.