By Elaine F. Crane
This paintings tells a narrative concerning the sea, an American colonial city, and the British. It relates how Newport's dependence at the Atlantic Ocean ruled approximately each point of its life. Newport discovered early from its watery atmosphere that its survival and prosperity have been inextricably associated with trade. depending on a thriving exchange, Newporters have been keen to discover and mix of routes which instructed a profitable go back in voyage and funding. Newport's single-minded dedication to trade produced a society during which humans have been additionally depending on one another. service provider and dockworker, sailmaker and rope-walk proprietor constructed symbiotic relationships due to their universal efforts to make sure the luck of every voyage. Dependency additionally prolonged to social networks the place the prosperous took accountability for different participants of the group. as a result of their dependence on unobstructed exchange, Newporters had refrained from British customs for generations, utilizing tools which forged a few doubt on their dedication to the legislations. hence, while it turned transparent in 1764 that Britain might visit nice lengths to implement new tasks, the level was once set for war of words. in spite of everything, occasions outstripped the facility of Newport to chart its personal direction because the violence escalated. The Revolution in advance ended Newport's golden age and destroyed the city either bodily and spiritually. A based humans had won independence yet at a value just a couple of may well foresee.
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As their imported merchandise varied, their processing industries followed suit. Charters and hence forms of government differed from place to place ethnic diversity, yes, but a special blend of cultures and religions in each location. Courts throughout the colonies relied on the common law, but that law was often uncommonly applied. Colonial currency was pegged to the British pound sterling, but each community ran into its own peculiar problems with specie vs. a paper currency. Newport's ascendancy as well as its decline was intricately linked both to its position as a seaport and to the precise nature of the goods loaded and unloaded on the piers.
Quoted in Bridenbaugh, Fat Mutton, p. 13. 7. , p. 15. 8. "Travel Diary of Dr. Benjamin Bullivant ," New-York Historical Society Quarterly, 40, No. 1 (January 1956), 58-60. 9. Sydney V. James, Colonial Rhode Island: A History (New York, 1975), p. 240. 10. George Berkeley to Sir John Percival, Mar. 28, 1729, Redwood Library, Newport. 11. Howard W. Preston, Rhode Island and the Sea (Providence, 1932), p. 61. Bostonians, enraged at Newport's unpatriotic behavior, began to seize Newport vessels, forcing the Newporters to retaliate in kind.
A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era by Elaine F. Crane