I know the ratio in dollars was very different from the larger numbers we have today but 12 1/2 cents a pound for cotton? Hardly sounds worth the effort. If one takes in the cost of a healthy male slave, the amount of money spent to feed, clothe and shelter them, at 12 1/2 cents a pound for cotton sure makes it seem like it wasn't all that cost effective.
Pensacola's first shipment of cotton by rail? It's nice to have a date on that. Interesting.
Texas seemed to be getting its act together by that time. Expelling the 'map' salesmen was funny.