Harry P. Owens


When Chief Justice John Marshall handed down a decision on the Forbes Purchase claims Apalachicola entered a new phase in its development. The recently organized Apalachicola Land Company exerted its efforts to develop a major cotton port. Some citizens, dissatisfied with the Apalachicola Land Company, began a rival port on St. Joseph Bay. St. Joseph failed to develop as a commercial center and it ceased to exist by 1842. During the two decades before the Civil War, Apalachicola experienced prosperity to such a degree that it became the thrid largest cotton port on the Gulf of Mexico.