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Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York
This enthralling book is the first to uncover the story of New York City merchants who engaged in forbidden trade with the enemy before and during the Seven Years’ War (also known as the French and Indian War). Ignoring British prohibitions designed to end North America’s wartime trade with the French, New York’s merchant elite conducted a thriving business in the French W ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Yale University Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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A couple of jacket blurbs from respected historians of the period describe this as 'riveting' history. That's going a bit far. Defying Empire offers a thorough but unpadded analysis of the trade conducted between New York merchants and the French during the French and Indian War (Seven Year's War to the rest of the world), 1754-1763. Although some of the trade started legal, much of it violated British law, and more and more of it became illegal as the British Empire attempted to get control of ...more
This book looks at why American merchants in New York traded with the French during the Seven Years' War. For one, Americans had always engaged in smuggling, and war increased the opportunity to make money in certain avenues. NY merchants justified their actions by saying that their trade increased exports, and thus that money went into the coffers of the British rather than letting neutral nations reap all the profits. This book points to the importance of the pre-Sugar/Stamp tax: the Flour Act ...more
Fantastic! In a brisk, suspenseful narrative, Truxes (of Trinity College, with whom I took a Modern Irish History course) illuminates a little-known aspect of the seminal conflict in early American history- the Seven Years' War. New York City's merchant elite (assisted by co-conspirators in Connecticut & Rhode Island, primarily) developed elaborate schemes to circumvent British Navigation acts and carry on a lucrative trade with the French enemy. (Including instances where merchants hired pr ...more
Professor Tom Truxes is a specialist in the history of early-modern Ireland and pre-Revolutionary British America,More about Thomas M. Truxes...