Rinse the beans. Combine beans and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Cover and let stand 2 hours. Drain, then rinse beans. Add 3 quarts fresh water, ham & remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; Cover and simmer for 3 to 4 hours or until beans are tender. Remove ham from bone; discard all boneand excess fat Chop ham and return to pot. Cook an additional 1/2 hour before serving.
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