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In pursuit of profit : the Annapolis merchants in the era of the American Revolution, 1763-1805

"Too often the story of urban growth and economic development in the Chesapeake region in the latter half of the eighteenth century is told in terms of the rise of Baltimore. This book concentrates instead on Annapolis, one of the first and perhaps the most important outport towns and one which played a major role in the export of tobacco, Maryland's most valuable crop. In Pursuit of Profit presents the economic growth and decline of the area through the careers of some thirty Annapolis merchants, among whom were the first Americans to be backed exclusively by native, rather than British, capital during the 1770s. This history examines the composition of the merchant community and its potential for capital accumulation, the experiences of its most dynamic members and the impact of the merchants' activities on the careers of the townspeople"--Jacket
Print Book, English, [1975]
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, [1975]
History
xi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
9780801815737, 0801815738
1092556
The stages of urban growth and the emergence of a merchant class, 1684-1774
Toward independence : capital accumulation and the challenge to the British middleman, 1763-1776
A wartime economy : new sources of capital, new markets, and new opportunities, 1776-1783
The adjustment to peace : great expectations and constricting opportunity, 1783-1793
The end of an era : the disintegration of Wallace, Johnson and Muir, 1783-1790
Opportunity in a quiet market town : from planter's merchant to farmer's banker, 1790-1805