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Virtual Lecture: Overseas Trade in British America

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Attendance is free, registration is required. Please email esulock@newporthistory.org to sign-up.

The Newport Historical Society is please to host historian Thomas M. Truxes to discuss his book, The Overseas Trade of British America: A Narrative History, during a virtual lecture on Thursday February 3, 2022 at 5pm. Truxes will share a compelling story in which the thriving port of Newport, Rhode Island, played a central role.

Learn how Atlantic trade allowed the initial survival, economic expansion, and later prosperity of British America, and brought vastly different geographical regions, each with a distinctive identity and economic structure, into a single fabric. Truxes will show how colonial American prosperity was only possible because of the labor of enslaved Africans, how the colonial economy became dependent on free and open markets, and how the young United States owed its survival in the struggle of the American Revolution to Atlantic trade.

Thomas M. Truxes, Clinical Professor of Irish Studies and History at New York University, has written extensively on colonial trade and the early modern Atlantic economy. He is the author of six books, including Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York (Yale University Press, 2008).


February 3
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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