I'm not sure if you can grow cane where you grow corn. Industrial sugarcane production is also pretty brutal on the land - or was, with old production methods.
The reasoning as to why Hawaii killed their plantations is actually pretty interesting: Took up a lot of land, statehood got rid of indentured servanthood, the caste system that many plantation owners used went bye-bye, worker strikes, the shift to tourism and other economic factors lal played a role in the death of nearly all plantations.
Hawaiian Creole, also known as pidgin, is a polyglot cmop suey of Cantonese, Filipino, Chinese, Hawaiian and other languages, as an intermediary language amongst the workforce.
Still, I recall being on the eastern side of Oahu and being able to find fields of weed-like cane sugar growing along the sides of the dirt roads we were using (army training exercise) and we all jumped out and grabbed a few stalks and NOM'd on them for awhile. Nice and sweet, but all you could do was chew on it; almost impossible to actually eat the stuff raw.
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