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An Essential Link in a Vast Chain: New England and the West Indies, 1700-1775

Kimball, Eric (2009) An Essential Link in a Vast Chain: New England and the West Indies, 1700-1775. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation will show that although comparatively few slaves lived and worked in colonial New England, slavery was essential to the economic growth of all four colonies in the region. Until the American Revolution, New Englanders depended on the slave labor plantation regimes of the West Indies to purchase their exports. Despite scholarly consensus on the importance of the West Indian trade for New England's economic growth, both the details and the consequences of this relationship for New England's history remain unexplored until now. Drawing heavily on customs records, colonial newspapers, merchant accounts, diaries, colony records, and logbooks, this dissertation reveals the essential "links" forged between free and enslaved laborers from Boston to Barbados.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Date: 17 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 March 2009
Approval Date: 17 June 2009
Submission Date: 17 April 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: new england west indian trade slavery
Other ID:, etd-04172009-051110
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:38
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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