Scotch-Irish Merchants in Colonial America: The Flaxseed Trade and Emigration from Ireland, 1718-1755 (Reprint)

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During the course of the eighteenth century, migration from Europe and Africa shaped the emerging consciousness and culture of the American Colonies. Whether free, bond servant, or slave, migrants brought skills and folkways from their motherlands, contributing to the agricultural and commercial development as well as to the peopling of North America. Emigrants from Ulster, the northern province of Ireland, did all of this and more. Ulster exported an economy.

This new book tells the story of the transatlantic links between Ulster and America in the eighteenth century. The author draws upon a remarkable range of sources gleaned from numerous repositories in America and Ireland as he explores the realities of life and work for the merchants. The trading networks and connections established and the economic background to the period are examined in some detail. This volume provides fascinating insights into the connections between Ulster and Colonial America through the experiences of the Scotch-Irish merchants.

Richard K. MacMaster

Richard K. MacMaster is co-editor of The Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies and co-director of The Center for Scotch-Irish Studies. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in history at Fordham University and a Ph.D. in American history at Georgetown University.

His research interests have been in eighteenth-century America: Viriginia, Mennonites and other German settlers, and the Scotch-Irish. His books include The Five George Masons: Planters and Patriots of Maryland and Virginia (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1975); Conscience in Crisis: Mennonites and Other Peace Churches in America 1739-1789 (Scottdale, PA: Herald press, 1979); and Land, Piety, Peoplehood: The establishment of Mennonite Communitiies in America 1683-1790 (Scottdale OA: Herald Press, 1985).

 

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