Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York

Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York

by Thomas M. Truxes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300164254

ISBN-13: 9780300164251

Pub. Date: 02/28/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300164251
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
795,475
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of 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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