APUSH11.docx - The Economics of slavery Commercial Agriculture Cotton was key to southern prosperity 1814:150,000 bales 1860 4,000,000 bales Slavery the

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The Economics of slavery Commercial Agriculture Cotton was key to southern prosperity 1814:150,000 bales 1860: 4,000,000 bales Slavery the key to cotton Cotton is a key plant because tobacco would kill the ground Textiles became really famous Slaves picked the cotton 1820 slaves started to become banned and then people would breed people Cotton Growth Driven by three things Cotton gin-short staple cotton can be grown in lower south New farm land in then south west Increasing demand from british and later french cotton factories Britain is having the industrial revolution but they don't have cotton Cotton and Slavery As cotton becomes more valuable, so do the slaves that produce it Cotton prices rise Save prices also rise Britain doesn't have it so we rise prices This is a reason why they went to africa Upper South and SLavery Upper south : more diverse agriculture More capital intensive farming
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