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Alabama Background:

British visitor to Mobile in 1858 described the port as a city "where the people live in cotton houses and vote in cotton carriages. They buy cotton, sell cotton, think cotton, drink cotton and dream cotton. They marry cotton wives, and unto them are born cotton children. In enumerating the charms of a fair widow, they begin by saying she makes so many bales of cotton. It is the great staple-the sum and substance of Alabama. It has made Mobile, and all its citizens."

Cotton dominated the economy of Alabama. This cotton kingdom was built upon the labor of African slaves and their descendants.

From Whence They Came:

In 1712 a French ship of war, the Africane, arrived in Mobile with 129 Africans, half the number that had embarked from Guinea in West Africa. The Marie followed, landing with 338 slaves. Then the Neride, which sailed from Angola with a cargo of 350 and arrived with 238 alive. Most slaves in Alabama immigrated with their masters following the usual planter routes into the area. Some were brought by slave traders who purchased them from Virginia and Maryland owners or bought them in the slave markets of the East and then transported the chattels by ship to Mobile and sometimes walked them in coffles to Alabama.

Enslavement:  coming!

War Between The States:  coming!

Reconstruction:  coming!

Segregation:  coming!

Civil Rights:  coming!

New South:  coming!



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