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Riverboat Cotton Bales

 
 
Riverboat Cotton Bales Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2018
1. Riverboat Cotton Bales Marker
Inscription.  Thousands of bales of cotton could be loaded onto a riverboat; they were often stacked high enough to block the windows of staterooms and the grand salon.
 
Erected by The New Orleans Historic Collection, Captain Clarke "Doc" Hawley and the Steamboat Natchez.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 29° 57.302′ N, 90° 3.758′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from Toulouse Street east of Decatur Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the Mississippi Riverwalk, on the Mississippi River Pier at Woldenberg Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Toulouse Street, New Orleans LA 70130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sugar Wharves at the Port (here, next to this marker); Natchez Steamboats (a few steps from this marker); Picayune Pier (within shouting distance of this marker); Work Begins on New Orleans, Spring 1718 (about 400 feet
Marker detail: Steamboat Natchez Loaded with Cotton Bales; 1897 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Steamboat Natchez Loaded with Cotton Bales; 1897
(The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1981.324.7.62, gift of Allan Phillip Jaffe)
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away, measured in a direct line); Transatlantic Slave Trade to Louisiana (about 500 feet away); Importer's Bonded Warehouses - Henry Howard, Architect (about 600 feet away); The Steamer New Orleans (about 600 feet away); Woldenberg Riverfront Park (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
 
Also see . . .
1. Loading Cotton onto Steamboats. (annotated photo gallery of loading cotton onto steamboats) (Submitted on April 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Slavery and King Cotton. Cotton emerged as the antebellum South’s major commercial crop, eclipsing tobacco, rice, and sugar in economic importance. By 1860, the region produced two-thirds of the world’s cotton. Demand in the industrial textile mills of Great Britain and New England seemed inexhaustible. Southern cotton, picked and processed by American slaves, upheld the wealth and power of the planter elite while it fueled the nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution in both the United States and Great Britain. (Submitted on April 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Riverboat Cotton Bales Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2018
3. Riverboat Cotton Bales Marker
(looking south along the Mississippi Riverwalk)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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