1790: The first successful crop of Sea Island cotton, considered the origin of pima cotton, was produced on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

1911: The name “pima” was applied to ELS, or extra-long staple, cotton being developed in the U.S. desert southwest. The name was given in honor of the Pima Indians who were helping to raise the ELS cotton on the U.S. Department of Agriculture experimental farm in Sacaton, Ariz.

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