- The Embargo Act of 1807 forbade the export of all goods from the United States, whether in
- American or foreign ships and the importation of British goods to the states.
The net result was deserted docks, rotting ships in the harbors, and empty soup kitchens, and Jefferson's embargo hurt the same New England merchants that it was trying to protect.
The commerce of New England was harmed more that that of France and Britain.
Farmers of the South and West were alarmed by the mounting piles of unexportable cotton, grain, and tobacco.
Illegal trade mushroomed in 1808, where people resorted to smuggling again.