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John Nelson, merchant adventurer : a life between empires

Author: Richard R Johnson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Nelson was an entrepreneur born in the mid-seventeenth century--a man, in Richard Johnson's words, "operating ahead of the government and settled society from which he came," who "responded to conventions and conditions derived from several different and often competing cultures." For Nelson, this meant trading out of Boston to the French and Indians of Canada, pursuing his family's dreams of the proprietorship  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Nelson; John Nelson; John Nelson; John Nelson; John Nelson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard R Johnson
ISBN: 0195065050 9780195065053
OCLC Number: 21301268
Description: ix, 194 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Acadian beginnings.--II. Trader of the eastward.--III. Seeking "to Live Indifferent."--IV. Revolution and rejection.--V. From Quebec to the Bastille.--VI. At King William's Whitehall.--
VII. "Your Very Loving Father."--VIII. "Crusht Between the Two Crownes."
Responsibility: Richard R. Johnson.
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The biography of a mid-17th century entrepreneur who acted as a middleman in several transactions between French Canada and New England, and who later led an uprising that forced the Royal Governor  Read more...

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'the author draws on a wealth of private and public papers in Britain, France and the USA, and provides some fascinating insights into Nelson's role in the overthrow of Massachusetts' charter in 1689 Read more...

 
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