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While native to Southeast Asia, sugarcane found a welcome home in the sweltering heat and heavy rains of South America and the Caribbean. Hundreds of sugar plantations sprung up in the Portuguese, Dutch and English colonies, turning the long grass into an invaluable industry. Because sugarcane could be harvested without having to kill the plant, skilled Sugar Planters could harvest a single crop almost a dozen times, making them valuable commodities in the competitive sugar trade.