Irish-American Trade, 1660-1783

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 7, 2004 - Business & Economics - 464 pages
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An important contribution to both the new history of colonial British America and revisionist Irish economic and social history, this book assaults well established myths depicting Irish involvement in transatlantic trade as subordinate to narrow British interests. Ireland's vigorous trade with British America was essentially inter-colonial commerce, contributing to commercial development at home, the West Indian islands, and the North American mainland. In colonial ports from Philadelphia to Bridgetown, Barbados, overseas Irish merchant communities managed a trade that took its lead from entrepreneurs in Dublin, Cork, and Belfast with ties to Irish agriculture and manufacturing. As well as commodities and the men who moved them, the book examines the formation of Irish-colonial trade, its place in the mercantilist framework, the structure and financing of trade, the relationship between transatlantic trade and emigration, and the impact of the American Revolution on the commercial relationship between Ireland and America.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Trade before 1731
7
IrishAmerican trade 17311775
29
Balance of payments and financial structure
46
Irish merchants and ports
72
West Indian merchants and ports
89
North American merchants and ports
106
The emigrant trade
127
Flaxseed
193
Other colonial exports
212
staves
221
Trade and revolution
231
Conclusion
252
Exports and imports of Ireland 16981784
258
Rate of exchange London on Dublin
297
Bibliography
405

Provisions
147
Linen
170

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