Merchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New York by Cathy MatsonMerchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New York by Cathy Matson

Merchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New York

byCathy Matson

Paperback | November 26, 2002

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In Merchants and Empire, Cathy Matson examines the economic ideas and behavior of New York City's commercial wholesalers, especially the middling merchants who, as a majority of active traders, affected the character of city commerce over its colonial years. Although less prominent in transatlantic dry goods commerce than the great traders, this middling majority spread dissenting economic ideas and flouted political authority time and again when the benefits to their interests were clear. Indeed, middling or lesser merchants fashioned a plausible alternative to mercantilism, and contributed significantly to the challenges Americans offered to British rule in the final colonial years.

Cathy Matson is an associate professor of history at the University of Delaware. She is coauthor of A Union of Interests: Politics and Economy in the Revolutionary Era.
Title:Merchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New YorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.99 inPublished:November 26, 2002Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801872472

ISBN - 13:9780801872471

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Matson's book not only makes an important contribution to scholarship on the economic history of New York and the Middle colonies but also provides a comprehensive analysis of developments in Anglo-American economic discourse between 1620 and 1770.