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Prize and PrejudicePrivateering and Naval Prize in Atlantic Canada in the War of 1812$
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Faye Margaret Kert

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128817

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128817.001.0001

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Reluctant Enemies

Reluctant Enemies

(p.11) Chapter 1 Reluctant Enemies
Prize and Prejudice

Faye Margaret Kert

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the economic, social, and political factors that led the War of 1812. Particular attention is paid to the war’s unpopular status in public opinion. It claims that the maritime communities were reluctant to enter war, and instead sought to subvert it through legitimate and illegitimate means, and analyses the maritime merchant’s pursuit of trade during the war, through the avenues of smuggling, specie, and licensed trade. The conclusion asserts that British and American maritime merchants opted for profit over politics, and continued to trade despite the war that sought to divide.

Keywords:   Smuggling, Nova Scotia, Specie Trade, Halifax, New Brunswick, Maritime Law

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