Southern Cotton Kingdom

  • The Cotton Gin Is Invented

    Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin.
  • The South's Population Spreads

    The South's population grew along the Atlantic coast in Maryland, Virginia, and Noth Carolina. This was also known as the Upper South.
  • Tredegar Iron Works is Successful

    Joseph Reid Anderson takes over Tredegar Iron Works and makes it one of the nation's leading producers of iron.
  • The First Textile Mill Is Opened

    William Gregg opens the first textile mill in South Carolina.
  • Elias Howe Invents The Sewing Machine

  • South's Population Spreads To The Deep South

    The South's population had spread to the inland to Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.This was also know as the Deep South.
  • Railroads Are Everywhere

    By 1860, 1/3 of the nation's railroads are within the South.