By Harriet E. Amos(Doss)
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They hauled cotton from the plantation to the nearest river bluff, from which bales were slid down an incline to a steamboat or barge. Planters on the rivers had their own private landings, while those in the country used either public landings or private ones owned Page 21 Table 21. Cotton Crop of South Alabama, 181859YearBalesYearBalesYearBales1818 7,000 1832 125,605 1846 421,669 1819 10,000 1833 129,366 1847 322,516 1820 16,000 1834 149,513 1848 438,324 1821 25,390 1835 197,847 1849 517,846 1822 45,423 1836 237,590 1850 350,297 1823 49,061 1837 232,685 1851 451,697 1824 44,924 1838 309,807 1852 549,777 1825 58,283 1839 251,742 1853 546,514 1826 74,379 1840 445,725 1854 538,110 1827 89,779 1841 317,642 1855 454,595 1828 71,155 1842 318,315 1856 659,738 1829 80,329 1843 482,631 1857 503,177 1830 102,684 1844 468,126 1858 522,843 1831 113,075 1845 517,550 1859 704,406 SOURCES: Mobile Register, 3 October 1836; Mobile Advertiser, 3 September 1859; DeBow's Review 7 (1849): 446; and Weymouth T.
Congress had authorized the sale because the fort was no longer needed for defense. A locally formed syndicate, the Mobile Lot Company, purchased the bulk of the property. This real-estate development company had the land platted to conform to adjacent streets before selling building lots. City funds paid for the demolition of the fort's walls to clear new streets laid to the river through the site of the fort. Debris from the demolition was used to fill private lots as well as the easily flooded Water and St.
New Yorkers supplied the catalyst that stimulated the economic development of Mobile after Americans occupied it during the War of 1812. In the resettled town local residents apparently welcomed anyone, regardless of birthplace, whose activities boosted the cotton trade that burgeoned in the port. Leaders in Mobile, in contrast to other southern cities, came from a wide variety of places, indicating citizens' receptivity to enterprising newcomers. Enterprise indeed became the characteristic most admired by the populace.