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The British Whaling Trade$
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Gordon Jackson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780973007398

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973007398.001.0001

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Chapter 4 The Boom in the Northern Fishery, 1783-c. 1808

Chapter 4 The Boom in the Northern Fishery, 1783-c. 1808

(p.61) Chapter 4 The Boom in the Northern Fishery, 1783-c. 1808
The British Whaling Trade

Gordon Jackson

Liverpool University Press

However humiliating for the politicians and soldiers, the peace of 1783 was the signal for an immense expansion of the British economy and a consequent rise in the demand for all manner of raw materials. So far as the oil trade was concerned, the peace terms removed at a stroke the most damaging competitors. "We are surprised," said John Adams, the America minister in London, "that you prefer darkness and consequent robberies, burglaries and murders in your streets, to the receiving, as a remittance, our spermaceti oil."...

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