I know this is an old forum, but when I read some of the replies, I just had to jump in. I'm a historian from the town where Sea Island Cotton originated so I've done some extensive research on the stuff. Here's a rundown:             True Sea Island Cotton no longer exists today. First introduced by William Elliot in the very late part of the 18th century, he brought seeds from Barbados and began planting the crop on the outer islands off the coast of South Carolina, not...