Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thomas Spalding greatly encouraged the cultivation of sea island cotton in coastal Georgia. In 1824, the planter remarked,"When God abandoned man in paridse, to save him from despair, he plucked from Eden's bower One Flower and planted in his bosom, watered by love divine, it grew, and grows there still. It is Hope. In every dark, distrastrous hour, look to this flower, for it has amuletic power, far
Picking Georgia Cotton
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Cotton was planted in the spring and the bolls tediously picked by hand in the autumn. It was transported from the fields in baskets or sacks to the gin to remove seeds. After cleaning, the cotton fiber was pressed into bales.
Ships Loading " White Gold" On the Savannah Dock
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" As we walked, day by day, through the Savannah streets, late into autumn, we were amazed at the masses of the cotton bales piled everywhere. They lined the commercial avenues for hundreds of rods, down by the waterside they were heaped in mammoth piles, and the processions of drays seemed endless. The huge black ships swallowed bale after bale; the clank of the hoisting-crane was heard for morning to till night. "
Cotton Awaiting Shipment to Mills in Europe
Cotton bales stacked along a Savannah wharf await trans-Atlantic shipment in 1914. That year marked a world record production of the Georgia commodity.
Inventor Eli Whitney
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Eli Whitney demonstrated a keen talent for mechanical inventions. While residing at the Mulberry Grove ( picture included ) plantation of General Nathanael Greene's widow, he "struck out a plan of a Machine" for cleaning green cotton. In 1794,
( Also included: Gin Advertisement )
Erected 2009 by U.S. Dept. Of Transportation Federal Highway Administration,Georgia Dept. of Transportation. (Marker Number 15.)
Location. 32° 4.758′ N, 81° 4.907′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on East River Street. Touch for map. Near East Broad Street. Ramp at the Riverside. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Savannah's Liberty Ships and the Atlantic Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah's Early Economy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Native Americans on the Georgia Coast (about 600 feet away); The Trustees' Garden (about 700 feet away); 1996 Olympic Yachting Cauldron (about 700 feet away); Crossing the Savannah (about 700 feet away); New World Medical Plants (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Pirates House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Related marker. another marker that is related to this marker. study marker for Mulberry Grove
Also see . . . National Inventors Hall of Fame. After perfecting his machine he filed an application for a patent on June 20, 1793; in February 1794 he deposited a model at the Patent Office, and on March 14 he received his patent.PATENT NUMBER: 72X (Submitted on May 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,390 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.