In the 18th century in Virginia it was apparently compulsory by law to grow hemp. "17th Century America, farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow Indian hemp. By the early 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they weren’t growing hemp on their land! Hemp was considered to be legal tender. For over 200 years in colonial America, hemp was currency that one could use to pay their taxes with!"
My hemp rope.
Women employed to beat the hemp into fibres. By William Hogarth 18th century.
Fibres of the hemp plant.