Before we had modern flexible payroll solutions through automated financial systems, people relied on universally intrinsic commodities.
Before the United States of America became the superpower that it is today in our contemporary era, it was once a backwater colony for migrating Europeans. People in Europe who occupy the nether strata of society are driven to cross the ruthless Atlantic Ocean to this fabled land called the New World. These brave adventurers comprised of disillusioned citizens, criminals, indentured servants and other types of undesirables had nothing else to lose. Yet they could barely fathom how grateful their descendants would be in the future as their new home offered them enormous wealth.
New natural resources rearranged the commerce of the New World settlers. Commodities like sugar, corn, and cotton are just among the fewest on the list of America’s earliest greatest wealth. But of all these commodities, only tobacco has proven itself the paramount in terms of monetary value that this product was eventually turned into a currency. Many of the pastoral industries in America fashioned their HR system in accordance to the specific needs of mass producing these agricultural commodities.
In these times, the European craze directed much of New World agriculture to prioritize the growing of tobacco and mass producing it for export. People in the New World were strictly forbidden to sell to patrons other than their own motherland. Because authority figures pose no limits as to the intrinsic value of tobacco, colonists know that they can trade tobacco leaves for everything else.
This form of currency soon touched the laws that govern the land. Any violations of their own laws involve payment of tobacco in several hundreds of pounds, and all knew how hefty such a loss was.
In these archaic times employment eligibility is not as complicated as it is today. The labor department of the tobacco industry maintains their own crude standards that are otherwise defined as inhuman in today’s moral convention. The 16th Century tobacco plantation HR outsourcing system of employing indentured colonists and convicted emigrants with pending criminal records from their homeland drastically changed at the turn of the century.
In the early and late 17th Century plantation owners started purchasing African slaves and formulated laws that would permanently relegate them in the position of irredeemable servitude. With the use of African slaves the tobacco industry was nearly outmatched by sugar, corn and cotton and it helped America reach the same level of affluence that their European predecessors have enjoyed centuries before.
When the 13 colonies of America successfully ousted their imperial rulers, the tobacco currency slowly died out in practice. Many of the laws in this wealthy and democratic nation are amended in the following generations, particular the slave trade.
Around 18th Century, America finally reached the zenith of commercial affluence and they started using standard modern currencies like coins and paper money. Nowadays, the first thing that would come into the minds of modern Americans when they think of tobacco would be the “accepted reality of lung cancer”. But there was once a time when tobacco meant everything materially sound for the early settlers of the New World.