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 Posted: Wed Sep 12th, 2012 07:14 pm
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Scanning the 3 links provided, provides food for thought:
1) The tariff raised did not decrease during the war. Did northerners start buying enough o offset the loss of southern consumers and their tariffs?
2) One link describes the busy-ness of New Orleans. Busy it may have been, but not by importing goods. All of the gulf coast ports imported $22M worth of goods out of total 1860 imports of some $340M (from ‘The Historical Statistics of the United States').
3) The 1860 tariff of $53.2M spread among 27M free persons amounts to almost $2 per head.

One link claims

“As the ports in the South had the most traffic, they paid seventy-five percent of all tariffs in 1859.”,

and cites:

"New Orleans was the largest city in the South and was the center of the cotton & sugar export. Trade products of the Mississippi River Valley were shipped for sale to New Orleans and almost 2,000 sea-going vessels and 3,500 river steamers with tonnage of 1,200,000 tons entered the port of New Orleans during the year before the war." (Confederate Finance and Supply, W. Power Clancy, Cincinnati Civil War Round Table.)",

which unluckily mentions *imports* not a bit…

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