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Building the Bay Colony : local economy and culture in early Massachusetts

Author: James E McWilliams
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Historians often consider transatlantic trade and the export of staples to have been the driving forces behind economic development in virtually all of colonial America. In Building the Bay Colony: Local Economy and Culture in Early Massachusetts, James E. McWilliams challenges this assumption, showing how internal economic development, rather than exports that shareholders hoped would provide a handsome return on  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James E McWilliams
ISBN: 9780813926360 081392636X
OCLC Number: 76820854
Description: xi, 201 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : all economics is local --
Getting lost in a new world --
Mapping the landscape --
Founding industries : fish and timber --
The persistence of tradition --
Founding forge : the impact of the Lynn ironworks --
The provincialism of young George Corwin --
Economic continuity and its contents --
The hidden benefits of local trade --
Back to business as usual in the Bay Colony --
Merchant anxiety and the local economy --
The local basis of international trade --
Epilogue : the Parsons and the Goulds.
Responsibility: James E. McWilliams.
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Explores the century-long process whereby the Massachusetts Bay Colony went from a distant outpost of the incipient British Empire to a stable society integrated into the transatlantic economy. This  Read more...

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