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“At once shut down every Southern port, destroy its commerce and bring utter ruin on the Confederate States”.

Editor of economics, New York Times, March 1861 after the new Confederate Congress had shown they would have a low tariff policy.

Some Northerners saw it coming.

“The Southern Confederacy will not employ our ships or buy our goods. What is our shipping without it? Literally nothing… it is very clear that the South gains by this process and we lose. No…we must not let the South go”.
Union Democrat Manchester, New Hampshire. 19 February, 1861

Southerners knew it too...

“They know that it is their import trade that draws from the peoples pockets sixty or seventy millions of dollars per annum, in the shape of duties, to be expended mainly in the North, and in the protection and encouragement of Northern interest. These are the reasons why these people do not wish the South to secede from the union”.
New Orleans Daily Crescent-1861

Importers in New York and Boston refused to pay their duties on imported goods unless Southerners of the seceded states would also pay theirs. This was in March of 1861. A few days later Lincoln decided to "reinforce" Fort Sumter. Money, Money, Money.

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