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Commerce, the Nation and the Atlantic: American Marine Insurers in the Napoleonic Era
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
6:30 PM-8:00 PM
RI Historical Society Library
121 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
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In the late 18th century, the United States was a new political entity seeking a place for itself in an old and complicated world. It faced a number of challenges. War and revolution were transforming entire continents, and American merchants were generally more interested in making money than in placing their resources at the disposal of the new republic. My dissertation uses the marine insurance industry as a way to explore the changing world of the Napoleonic era, and to talk about how wealth circulated among American merchants, corporations, state banks, privateers, and foreign powers. The papers generated by Rhode Island merchants, corporations and politicians are among the key sources for this project.
Hannah Farber is a New England Regional Fellowship Consortium scholar and a Ph. D. candidate in American history at UC-Berkeley, specializing in the history of commerce, the Enlightenment, and the Atlantic world.
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