New England Plantations: Commerce and Slavery

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From the first settlements within New England, the developing colonies of British North America became inextricably linked to slavery. The region supplied critical goods to the sugar plantations established by British planters in the West Indies. The northern colonies established their own slave plantations to supply the growing demand for goods that led to unparalleled growth in commerce and to the subsequent involvement in the triangle trade. As these northern plantations diminished at the close of the eighteenth century, the rise of textile manufacturing continued to tie the region to slavery. Historian Robert A. Geake explores the familial and economic ties that bound New England and the South into the Civil War.
ISBN: 9781467148146
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Rhode Island
Images: 65
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Robert A. Geake is a public historian who has written about Rhode Island and New England’s history since he was seventeen and submitting stories for the local newspaper in Coventry, Rhode Island. He is the author of fourteen books, including Keepers of the Bay: A History of the Narragansett Tribe; Native and New Americans; The New England Mariner Tradition; Colonial Curiosities; From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the Revolutionary War; and New England’s Citizen Soldiers: Mariners and Minutemen. He is a reenactor with the Second Rhode Island Regiment and a docent for Historic New England at its Rhode Island sites and currently serves as vice-president of the Cocumscussoc Association, which runs Smith’s Castle Historic House Museum.
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