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Slavery – boon and bane of the Antebellum South

Page entitled : The Louisiana Purchase and Cotton Kingdom

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How slavery was extended to new territories after the Louisiana Purchase and how Cotton Kingdom was established in the Deep South.

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…  One by one, Louisiana (in 1812), Mississippi (1817) and Alabama (1819) became new (slaveholding) states in the Union, adding to the already strong influence of the Southern plantation aristocracy in Congress. Scions of the established families of Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas soon discovered that the new territories were endowed with particularly fertile soils, well adapted to the increasingly dominating short stapled cotton. They purchased large tracts in the best locations in the “Black Belt” 


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