Civil War On The Rio Grande: Examples Of Blockade-Runners From Vera Cruz To Galveston

Author(s): Samantha Bernard

Year: 2018

Summary

Blockade-running is neither considered an honorable enterprise nor a villainous practice, it is simply a means of trade during times of war and its occurrence during the American Civil War was no different. As the war divided our country, blockade-runners kept the borders busy with commerce. The North and South, though separated by political agendas, continued to need each other for economic survival and foreign powers were more than willing to assist in these proceedings. Blockade-running became a common enterprise for those individuals willing to risk their chances of getting caught for the opportunity of large profits. As a neutral boundary between Mexico and the United States, the Rio Grande provided the perfect atmosphere for the success of foreigners and individual blockade-runners. From 1861 to the last battle in 1865, ports along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico from Galveston to Vera Cruz saw an exponential increase in traffic.

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Civil War On The Rio Grande: Examples Of Blockade-Runners From Vera Cruz To Galveston. Samantha Bernard. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441681)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 859