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Monday, May 13, 2013

Savannah's Cotton Rejected in Liverpool

As word of the cotton gin spread from Georgia into the Carolinas, crops were planted. In 1784, Savannah shipped eight measly bags of it, and that shipment was seized at Liverpool because it was said that that much cotton could not have been produced in the United States! England's industrialists had been leery of cotton as they had big investments in wool, but as large mills were erected, they accepted it. The piles were in long rows along the riverfront and were carted from outlying plantations to Augusta. By 1805 Savannah was shipping 27,600 bales to Liverpool, which was over one-fourth of all the cotton sent to that English port from the United States. Soon therefore, three-fourths of all the cotton produced in the United States came out of the fields of Georgia and South Carolina. Pictured: Liverpool harbor.

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