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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Embargo in Savannah

A temporary halt to cotton shipments occurred when President Jefferson declared an embargo against all shipping from US ports. This was done to keep the young republic from becoming embroiled in the titanic war raging between England and Napoleon that was affecting the whole Western world. Savannah harbor was stagnant, like so many others up and down the coast. Thus, depression settled upon Savannah and Augusta and the river valley which lasted through the War of 1812.

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