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Defying Empire

Trading With the Enemy in Colonial New York
by Thomas M. Truxes

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Pub Date: 2010
Format: Paperback with bw illus.
Pages: 288 pp.
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 inches

ISBN: 9780300164251
TB Code: 1905335
Availability: 171 in stock

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.