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This enthralling book is the first to uncover the story of New York City merchants who engaged in forbidden trade with the enemy before and during the Seven Years War (also known as the French and Indian War). Ignoring British prohibitions designed to end North Americas wartime trade with the French, New Yorks merchant elite conducted a thriving business in the French West Indies, insisting that their behavior was protected by long practice and British commercial law. But the government in London viewed it as treachery, and its subsequent efforts to discipline North American commerce inflamed the colonists.

Through fast-moving events and unforgettable characters, historian Thomas M. Truxes brings eighteenth-century New York and the Atlantic world to life. There are spies, street riots, exotic settings, informers, courtroom dramas, interdictions on the high seas, ruthless businessmen, political intrigues, and more. The author traces each phase of the citys trade with the enemy and details the frustrations that affected both British officials and independent-minded New Yorkers. The first book to focus on New York City during the Seven Years War, Defying Empire reveals the important role the city played in hastening the colonies march toward revolution.

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Thomas M. Truxes is a member of the Irish Studies faculty at New York University. His previous books include Irish-American Trade, 1660–1783.

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Truxes, Thomas M.
Yale University Press
United States - Colonial Period
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Economic History
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
US History-Colonial America
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