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Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820
     

Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820

by Joshua M. Smith, Gene A. Smith (Foreword by), James C. Bradford (Foreword by)
 

Passamaquoddy Bay lies between Maine and New Brunswick at the mouth of the St. Croix River. Most of it (including Campo-bello Island) is within Canada, but the Maine town of Lubec lies at the bay’s entrance. Rich in beaver pelts, fish, and timber, the area was a famous smuggling center after the American Revolution. Joshua Smith examines the reasons for

Overview

Passamaquoddy Bay lies between Maine and New Brunswick at the mouth of the St. Croix River. Most of it (including Campo-bello Island) is within Canada, but the Maine town of Lubec lies at the bay’s entrance. Rich in beaver pelts, fish, and timber, the area was a famous smuggling center after the American Revolution. Joshua Smith examines the reasons for smuggling in this area and how three conflicts in early republic history—the 1809 Flour War, the War of 1812, and the 1820 Plaster War—reveal smuggling’s relationship to crime, borderlands, and the transition from mercantilism to capitalism.

            Smith astutely interprets smuggling as created and provoked by government efforts to maintain and regulate borders. In 1793 British and American negotiators framed a vague new boundary meant to demarcate the lingering British empire in North America (Canada) from the new American Republic. Officials insisted that an abstract line now divided local peoples on either side of Passamaquoddy Bay. Merely by persisting in trade across the newly demarcated national boundary, people violated the new laws. As smugglers, they defied both the British and American efforts to restrict and regulate commerce. Consequently, local resistance and national authorities engaged in a continuous battle for four decades.

            Smith treats the Passamaquoddy Bay smuggling as more than a local episode of antiquarian interest. Indeed, he crafts a local case study to illuminate a widespread phenomenon in early modern Europe and the Americas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813029863
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Series:
New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology
Edition description:
First
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Joshua M. Smith is assistant professor of humanities at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is a contributor to The Early Republic and the Sea: Essays on the Naval and Maritime History of the Early United States.

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