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Historic Fort Gaines

1825 Financial Settlement Appeal to US Congress for Reimbursment for work on fort. Case of Nimrod Farrow and Richard Harris Written 3rd of March, 1825 To the Chairman of the Committee of Claims in Congress

-Summary of document- Appropriations dispute for money owned by US Congress for the rebuilding of Public Works on Dauphin Islandů. Fort Gaines.
Payment for: slave labor, materials and provisions, named individuals, 61 "German Redemptioners"
(emigrants from Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries who worked as a servants on arriving in
North America to pay for the cost of the voyage.), lawyers' fees and personal expenses.
Work and planning apparently initiated in 1819.

"The war of 1812 proved that America needed adequate defenses for its long coastline.
Construction of a fort on land as part of a comprehensive system of national defense began in 1821.
Problems soon plagued the project. Engineers sited the fort so close to Mobile Bay that
water actually entered the works at high tide. Worse, the contractors spent more money than their budget allowed."
Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board official history of Fort Gaines.

Upon ending the slave trade in all British colonies in 1808, the British began pressuring other nations to end their slave trades. At the same time, the British began pressuring the African rulers to stop exporting people as slaves. The United States also officially outlawed the slave trade in 1808 but did not actively enforce the law until 1859 when U.S. naval ships joined British patrol ships in the Caribbean.
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