Early American History Seminar: Patricia Rogers, Michigan State University

Early American History and Culture Seminar
Thursday, June 11, 2009

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

“’We Waite Impatiently to Hear’: The Intersections of Boundaries, Loyalties, and Commercial Activities in the Revolutionary Atlantic”
Patricia Rogers, Michigan State University

This essay focuses on Simeon Perkins (a Nova Scotian merchant during the revolutionary era), along with his commercial activities, to explore a cluster of questions surrounding the economic relationship between Nova Scotia and the original mainland colonies, as well as the colony’s position within the British Atlantic empire. In general, the questions center on pre-existing commercial patterns, what became of established networks after the American Revolution, and what that says about commercial centers. In particular, I wish to explore the relationship, if any, between commercial activity and loyalty to the British empire. Within that context, how did individuals on both sides of the Atlantic view illicit commerce, such as smuggling?