Hanmer's Map of the American Cotton States
Hanmer's Map of the American Cotton States. Produced in 1902 for the Liverpool cotton brokers, Hanmer & Co., this map shows the extent of cotton production in America. The map covers virtually all of the Southern states as well as several of the Border State regions. The map is a good example of how prolific cotton production was in America, though it is worth noting that cotton harvesting was undertaken by slaves, thus the map highlights the areas where slavery was most prevalent. All eleven seceded states appear on this map, demonstrating just why the Confederates believed cotton and slavery to be the cornerstones of their independence and prowess.