Map 1: The blockaded coasts.
The main starting points for blockade runners were Havana, Cuba; Nassau, Bahamas; the West Indies; and Bermuda. Many supplies also came via Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas, but transportation to needy areas (such as Richmond, VA) was limited because many small ports had no rail facilities.
Questions for Map 1
1. What ports would ships leaving Havana be most likely to head to?
2. What ports would ships leaving Nassau be most likely to head to?
3. What ports would ships leaving Bermuda be most likely to head to?
4. Note the location of the different Union squadrons. Why did they choose these particular locations? Considering the coastline they are attempting to block, describe why their task was so difficult.
5. If you commanded the Union Navy, which ports would you try to close first? Why?
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