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In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783

In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783

by Michael J. Jarvis

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In an exploration of the oceanic connections of the Atlantic world, Michael J. Jarvis recovers a mariner's view of early America as seen through the eyes of Bermuda's seafarers. The first social history of eighteenth-century Bermuda, this book profiles how one especially intensive maritime community capitalized on its position "in the eye of all trade."

Jarvis takes readers aboard small Bermudian sloops and follows white and enslaved sailors as they shuttled cargoes between ports, raked salt, harvested timber, salvaged shipwrecks, hunted whales, captured prizes, and smuggled contraband in an expansive maritime sphere spanning Great Britain's North American and Caribbean colonies. In doing so, he shows how humble sailors and seafaring slaves operating small family-owned vessels were significant but underappreciated agents of Atlantic integration.

The American Revolution starkly revealed the extent of British America's integration before 1775 as it shattered interregional links that Bermudians had helped to forge. Reliant on North America for food and customers, Bermudians faced disaster at the conflict's start. A bold act of treason enabled islanders to continue trade with their rebellious neighbors and helped them to survive and even prosper in an Atlantic world at war. Ultimately, however, the creation of the United States ended Bermuda's economic independence and doomed the island's maritime economy.



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ISBN-13: 9780807895887
Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 704
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael J. Jarvis is associate professor of history at the University of Rochester.

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Michael Jarvis's exemplary study of Bermuda and its industrious inhabitants will make it impossible for historians to ignore the island any longer. Jarvis argues that the colony occupied a unique and important geographic position at the crossroads of the English Atlantic, that the island was transformed by that position, and that in turn Bermudians transformed the English Atlantic. He builds a persuasive and thought-provoking case in his careful and exhaustive work.—Alison Games, Georgetown University

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