BELFAST — “Cotton’s Ocean: Belfast and the Antebellum Cotton Trade” will be the presentation of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting, Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m., in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.
Stephen J. Hornsby, professor of geography and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine, will give a talk focusing 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.
The talk will show how Belfast fitted into this world of oceanic commerce.
Professor Hornsby is the author and co-editor of several books, including the Historical Atlas of Maine (2015).
Belfast Historical Society meetings are open to the public and are held April through October. For the 2019 program schedule and museum news, visit www.belfastmuseum.org.