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 element of its life. Newport realized early from its watery atmosphere that its survival and prosperity have been inextricably associated with trade. depending on a thriving exchange, Newporters have been prepared to discover and mixture of routes which prompt a winning go back in voyage and funding. Newport's single-minded dedication to trade produced a society within 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 luck 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 avoided British customs for generations, utilizing equipment which forged a few doubt on their dedication to the legislations. therefore, whilst it turned transparent in 1764 that Britain might visit nice lengths to implement new tasks, the level used to be set for war of words. in spite of everything, occasions outstripped the power of Newport to chart its personal direction because the violence escalated. The Revolution upfront ended Newport's golden age and destroyed the city either bodily and spiritually. A based humans had received independence yet at a value just a couple of may well foresee.
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Extra resources for A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era
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. , Nos. 9 and 10. Boston, 1914, 1915. Diary The Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles. Ed. Franklin B. Dexter. 3 vols. New York, 1901. Documents Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade. Ed. Elizabeth Donnan. 4 vols. , 1930-1935. , 1755-1794.
62 There is no way of calculating precisely how many slaves were taken from the African coast and removed to the West Indies or southern colonies via Newport vessels, but records suggest that ships averaged more than 77 slaves. To cite only a few examples: the Newport Mercury on July 9, 1764, reported that Captain Robert Elliot of Newport had sailed from Africa to the West Indies with 160 slaves on board, and the Massachusetts Gazette and News Letter of April 4, 1765, announced the departure of Captain James Warner, master of another Newport slaver, from the coast of Guinea with 104 slaves.
3 vols. New York, 1901. Documents Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade. Ed. Elizabeth Donnan. 4 vols. , 1930-1935. , 1755-1794. Ed. Franklin B. Dexter. , 1916. NHS Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island NM Newport Mercury NYHS New-York Historical Society, New York, New York PRO Public Record Office of Great Britain, London RICR Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Ed. John Russell Bartlett. 10 vols. Providence, 1862. RIHS Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, Rhode Island Editorial Note In order to preserve the integrity of the eighteenth-century manuscripts which have been quoted, original spelling has been retained throughout.