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 discovered 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 mix of routes which advised 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 because of 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 group. due to their dependence on unobstructed exchange, Newporters had avoided British customs for generations, utilizing tools which forged a few doubt on their dedication to the legislations. hence, while it turned transparent in 1764 that Britain might visit nice lengths to implement new tasks, the degree used to be set for war of words. after all, occasions outstripped the facility of Newport to chart its personal path 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 price just a couple of may possibly foresee.
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The alphabetical typescripts of census and tax data compiled by an unofficial staff member of the Newport Historical Society, Mr. Joseph W. Blaine, were valuable research tools. Since this study of Newport started out as a doctoral dissertation at New York University, it is altogether appropriate to thank my mentor, Professor Patricia Bonomi, as well as the other committee members, David Reimers and Thomas Bender, who helped me to refocus the narrative and argument. The credits at New York University would be incomplete without noting that it was in Bayrd Still's splendid course in urban history that I first became interested in this remarkable colonial town.
LC 92-6808 ISBN 0-8232-1112-6 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Crane, Elaine Forman. A dependent people: Newport, Rhode Island in the revolutionary era/Elaine Forman Crane. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8232-1111-8. ) 1. ) History. 2. Rhode Island History Revolution, 1775-1783. I. Title. 5'702 dc20CIP Printed in the United States of America Page v FOR C. FROM A. Page vi ABBREVIATIONS AND SHORT TITLES Commerce Commerce of Rhode Island, 1726-1800. Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
With war and less predictable disasters a constant threat, it was not good business to restrict trade to one corner of the globe. Governor Stephen Hopkins was quite accurate when he stated that "these people . . " 8 And with few exceptions, the geometrics of that trade changed little over two centuries. Triangular patterns calling for Newport, Nantucket, and Tenerife at each point alternated with squares composed of Newport, Jamaica, South Carolina, and London. Additional stopovers in Virginia and Surinam turned that square into a hexagon.
A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era by Elaine F. Crane