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奥斯汀,德克萨斯—四百年前,约翰·罗尔夫(John Rolfe)用从西印度群岛偷来的烟草种子发展出弗吉尼亚州第一宗盈利的出口生意,扰乱了西班牙加勒比海殖民地的烟草贸易。两百多年后,另一个英国人亨利·威科姆(Henry Wickham)通过殖民机构伦敦皇家植物园(Royal Botanic Gardens)将橡胶树种子从巴西带到亚洲,这导致亚马逊橡胶繁荣的最终消亡。



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