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Defying Empire : Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York - Thomas M. Truxes

Defying Empire

Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York


Published: 18th November 2008
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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.

"Truxes forges a gripping tale about the conflict between New York's merchant community and British military leaders charged with winning Great Britain's first world war--the French and Indian War."--John McCusker, Trinity University
--John McCusker

List of Maps
The Informerp. 9
A City at Warp. 19
Admiral Hardy and the Smugglersp. 37
Frenchified Bottomsp. 52
Mountmenp. 72
Flag-Trucersp. 87
Mixed Messagesp. 105
Business as Usualp. 123
Crackdownp. 139
The Trialp. 156
Fruits of Victoryp. 172
Epilogue: Path to Revolutionp. 188
Conclusionp. 200
Chronologyp. 211
Glossary of Personsp. 217
Glossary of Termsp. 221
List of Statutes, Proclamations, and Orders in Councilp. 225
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780300118407
ISBN-10: 0300118406
Audience: General
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 18th November 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US