Dallas, cotton and the transatlantic economy, 1885–1956
This study investigates the impact of the cotton industry and its transatlantic links on Dallas and the North Texas area in the late nineteenth into the twentieth century. An important aspect of the examination includes how the cotton trade not only played an important economic role but fostered social and cultural links between Dallas, the State of Texas, and Europe, particularly Great Britain. The investigation of those transatlantic links will highlight the function of the cotton compress industry in the export of raw cotton and the part played by the Southwest Compress and Warehouse Association, headquartered in Dallas, in that export trade. In addition, an examination of the careers of key individuals in the cotton trade, British ex-patriates in particular, who contributed to making the Dallas Cotton Exchange a success, will provide some insight into their economic, social and cultural impact on the city of Dallas.