Cotton, Indian corn, sweet potatoes, yams and rice are small crops.
White and sweet potatoes, yams, sweet and bitter yuccas, sago and okra, may also be mentioned.
All the islands possess a very fertile soil; there are forests of coco-nut palms, and among the products are rice, maize, sweetpotatoes, yams, coffee, cotton, vanilla and various tropical fruits, the papaw tree being abundant.
Enough of the rocky surface is covered with a thin coating of soil to enable the natives to grow yams, taro, bananas, &c., for their support; cotton thrives well, and has even been exported in small quantities, but there is no space available for its cultivation on any considerable scale.
Maize, yams, bananas, tapioca and ginger are cultivated by the natives.