Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History


image from Bronze Map: 'Shipping Cotton to the World'


18. Shipping Cotton to the World
Tombigbee and Alabama Rivers


Alabama's chief market commodity during the antebellum period was cotton. Steamboats transported cotton from the fields of the Black Belt to the port of Mobile for shipment to factories in the North and in Europe.