EGYPTIAN COTTON.; Its Modern Origin and the Importance of the Supply | The New York Times Archives

The cultivation of cotton in Egypt is entirely of modern origin. It dates back no further than the reign of MEHEMET ALI, when a certain Monsieur JUMEL, an active and enterprising Frenchman, discovered in a fine garden at Cairo belonging to a Bey named MAKO, some neglected cotton plants which had been placed there merely as objects of curiosity and embellishment.