Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York

Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York

by Thomas M. Truxes
     
 

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

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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 West Indies, insisting that their behavior was protected by long practice and British commercial law. But the government in London viewed it as treachery, and its subsequent efforts to discipline North American commerce inflamed the colonists.

Through fast-moving events and unforgettable characters, historian Thomas M. Truxes brings eighteenth-century New York and the Atlantic world to life. There are spies, street riots, exotic settings, informers, courtroom dramas, interdictions on the high seas, ruthless businessmen, political intrigues, and more. The author traces each phase of the city’s trade with the enemy and details the frustrations that affected both British officials and independent-minded New Yorkers. The first book to focus on New York City during the Seven Years’ War, Defying Empire reveals the important role the city played in hastening the colonies’ march toward revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300118407
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/18/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Thomas M. Truxes is a member of the Irish Studies faculty at New York University. His previous books include Irish-American Trade, 1660–1783.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Maps....................viii
Preface....................ix
A Note on the Text....................xiv
Introduction....................1
Prologue: The Informer....................9
1. A City at War....................19
2. Admiral Hardy and the Smugglers....................37
3. Frenchified Bottoms....................52
4. Mountmen....................72
5. Flag-Trucers....................87
6. Mixed Messages....................105
7. Business as Usual....................123
8. Crackdown....................139
9. The Trial....................156
10. Fruits of Victory....................172
Epilogue: Path to Revolution....................188
Conclusion....................200
Chronology....................211
Glossary of Persons....................217
Glossary of Terms....................221
List of Statutes, Proclamations, and Orders in Council....................225
Notes....................229
Index....................275

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