A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the by Elaine F. Crane

By Elaine F. Crane

This paintings tells a narrative in regards to the sea, an American colonial city, and the British. It relates how Newport's dependence at the Atlantic Ocean ruled approximately each point of its lifestyles. Newport realized early from its watery atmosphere that its survival and prosperity have been inextricably associated with trade. depending on a thriving alternate, Newporters have been prepared to discover and blend of routes which steered a winning go back in voyage and funding. Newport's single-minded dedication to trade produced a society during which humans have been additionally depending on one another. service provider and dockworker, sailmaker and rope-walk proprietor constructed symbiotic relationships due to their universal efforts to make sure the good fortune of every voyage. Dependency additionally prolonged to social networks the place the prosperous took accountability for different participants of the neighborhood. as a result of their dependence on unobstructed alternate, Newporters had refrained from British customs for generations, utilizing equipment which solid a few doubt on their dedication to the legislations. hence, while it grew to become transparent in 1764 that Britain may visit nice lengths to implement new tasks, the level was once set for war of words. in spite of everything, occasions outstripped the facility of Newport to chart its personal direction because the violence escalated. The Revolution upfront ended Newport's golden age and destroyed town either bodily and spiritually. A established humans had won independence yet at a value just a couple of may perhaps foresee.

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64 Therefore, if Newport slavers were bringing more slaves to the West Indies than Hopkins indicated, there can be little doubt that more rum was leaving Newport to be exchanged for those slaves. Since Governor Hopkins was at a disadvantage when it came time to explain the amount of imported molasses and rum, he had every reason to minimize the amount of rum exported from Newport. Across the ocean, Bristol merchants engaged in the slave trade began to feel that New England rum gave Newporters a competitive advantage in the race for profits.

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Customhouse records indicate that a greater number of vessels left Newport for the African coast than from any other American port. By 1770, they conducted well over 70% of the trade. '"52 Reaching the same conclusion from firsthand observation was the Rev. Samuel Hopkins, whose voice thundered from the pulpit of the First Congregational Church in Newport. "Rhode Island," he despaired in 1776, "has been more deeply interested in the slave trade . . than any other colony in New England. . "53 Historians have spent little time inquiring into Newport's role in the slave trade, possibly because of the lack of quantifiable evidence, and possibly because whatever the actual number of slaving voyages, this trade represented only a small part of Newport's total commerce.

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