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Soldier's tin sugar canister

Soldier's tin sugar canister

Still containing sugar, this canister is about four inches tall and is part of Matthias Schlinker's cooking set, found in his Civil War-era haversack. During the war, the Union boycotted Southern sugar and began importing more sugar from the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Hawaii'an sugar exports increased 175% per year between 1860 and 1866. With this increase in imports from Hawai'i, the price of sugar in the United States grew from seven to 17 cents a pound.

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ca. 1861-1865
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St. Peter, Minnesota
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