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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 12:32 am
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Johan Steele
Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352

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I'm not a fan of Wiki for a variety of reasons. The busiest ports in the US were not in the South, New York Customs House collected between 60-70% of the annual tarriff revenues for the US. More revenue than Charleston, Savannah, Mobile,Wilmington & New Orleans combined. So the idea that the South created 75% of federal revenue is baseless.

The only way the South could have provided 2/3 of the revenues of the US is if the majority of products headed south after import. Which seems rather unlikely, though once again anything is possible. But it seems a stretch that the wealthy planters were subsidizing the US govt through a disproportional levy of taxes, the average non slave holding farmer certainly wasn't.

I'm running off memory so I may well be off but there are records showing what came into what port via the registar for the Sec of Treasury on an annual bassis.

Last edited on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 12:36 am by Johan Steele

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