By Harriet E. Amos(Doss)
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Page 18 2 Cotton City Mobilians and visitors reiterated the same theme: the local economy depended upon cotton. " As such it generated profits to merchants who in turn met payrolls, financed construction projects, and purchased consumer goods and services. 1 Because prices set on the world market determined profits made from cotton sales, local merchants carefully monitored foreign cotton exchanges. " As merchants' incomes depended upon fluctuations in cotton prices on the world market, so did incomes for their employees and suppliers of goods and services.
Commissioners auctioned off the lease for the public wharf to the business partner of Commissioner S. H. Garrow. This wharf builder had to build the wharf to town specifications, collect proceeds from tolls for nine years to recoup his construction costs, and then sell the property back to the town. Town expenditures were kept low. To Page 14 Mobile in 1815 (Courtesy of Special Collections Division, Mobile Public Library) save money, the board of commissioners rented a room for its meetings. Even so, the first board of commissioners handed a balance in the treasury of less than $70 to its successor.
After the cession of Louisiana, the United States claimed that the Perdido River was the eastern boundary of that portion of Louisiana located south of the thirty-first parallel. 33 Mobile, located in the disputed territory between the Perdido and Mississippi rivers, was placed into a United States Customs district in 1804. Spain protested this action and refused to surrender West Florida to the United States on the grounds that West Florida was not part of Louisiana. In 1810, after large planters in the western part of West Florida declared their independence from Spain, President James Madison issued a proclamation that annexed parts of the province between the Mississippi and Pearl rivers and along the Gulf coast to the Perdido River.
Cotton City by Harriet E. Amos(Doss)