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The Voyage of the Slave Ship HareA Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina$
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Sean M. Kelley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627687

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627687.001.0001

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The Port

The Port

(p.14) Chapter One The Port
The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare

Sean M. Kelley

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the organization of the slaving voyage of the Hare in Newport, Rhode Island in the summer of 1754, arguing that the transatlantic slave trade was a pillar of the local economy. The chapter begins with a discussion of the place of slave trading in the New England economy, and then examines the significance of rum to the regional economy. It then provides a detailed portrait of the vessel’s owners, Samuel and William Vernon, and sketches their mercantile activities. The Vernons were deeply involved in the West Indies trade, which revolved around the exchange of New England foodstuffs and lumber for Caribbean molasses.

Keywords:   Newport, Rhode Island, Merchants, Rum, Economy, Slave trade, Ports, Trade, Caribbean

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