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NYSL Public Program: Made to Trade: The Centrality of Trade in the Origin Story of the United States
Coinciding with publication of his latest book, "The Overseas Trade of British America: A Narrative History," historian Thomas M. Truxes will discuss how Atlantic trade allowed the initial survival, economic expansion, and later prosperity of British America, and brought vastly different geographical regions, each with a distinctive identity and economic structure, into a single fabric. Truxes will show how colonial American prosperity was only possible because of the labor of enslaved Africans, how the colonial economy became dependent on free and open markets, and how the young United States owed its survival in the struggle of the American Revolution to Atlantic trade.


Thomas M. Truxes, Clinical Professor of Irish Studies and History at New York University, has written extensively on colonial trade and the early modern Atlantic economy. He is the author of six books, including Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York (Yale University Press, 2008).

Nov 30, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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