Talk: ‘Cotton’s Ocean: Belfast and the Antebellum Cotton Trade’

Sep 13, 2019
Professor Stephen J. Hornsby discusses Maine's role in the cotton trade Sept. 23 at Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — Professor Stephen J. Hornsby, University of Maine professor of geography and Canadian studies, will discuss “Cotton’s Ocean: Belfast and the Antebellum Cotton Trade” at a public meeting of the Belfast Historical Society Monday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Hornsby's presentation will focus on the importance of the trans-Atlantic cotton trade in the mid-19th century. This trade was important for the growth of the shipbuilding and ship-owning industries in Maine before the Civil War. He will show how Belfast fitted into this world of oceanic commerce.

Hornsby is the author and co-editor of several prize-winning books, including the “Historical Atlas of Maine” (2015).

Belfast Historical Society meetings are open to the public and are held April through October. For a program schedule and museum news, visit


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