What parts of the world is cotton native to?



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    There are several plant species that can be used to make cotton, scattered over different parts of the world.  Over thousands of years, civilizations in many different places discovered uses for cotton, and began to harvest wild cotton or cultivate cotton varieties.  The first region to begin making use of cotton with South America, where the practice may have begun as long as ago as 3000 or 4000 BC.  People in India began using cotton around 2500 BC, and ancient Egypt was another place where cotton was used early on.  Over time, both India and the Middle East became important sources of cotton for much of Eurasia, with traders from these regions supplying other European and Asian countries with harvested cotton.

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