During this time period in the U.S. History cotton became the biggest agricultural product in the world. The states that produced it where able to pour out loads and loads of the precious fiber everyday. Cotton ended up accounting for half of Americas overall exports and the South, due to the much needed slave labor, was able to produce over half of the worlds cotton putting them in a powerful position and in away holding the importers of their precious cargo loyal to them. Britain became very close to the exporters of cotton, the South, because at the time it was one of the most imported goods to the country and provided work in the cotton industry for more than twenty percent of the British population. This particular tie to the cotton made the South very popular and they knew it. Not only did the British rely on the South for their cotton industry but the North also was able to profit form the money they made by shipping cotton to England. To be able to achieve such a great “Cotton Kingdom” however America needed a workforce, and “with the slave organizations already adapted to the cultivation of tobacco, the plantations were readily changed over to cotton, ...” (Moore 77). During this outbreak, for the need of cotton, Southerners had to accommodate their new cotton orders by buying more slaves as well as more land to work on. “The prosperity of both North and South-and of England, too- rested... [continues]
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