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Mutiny on the rising sun: A tragic tale of slavery, smuggling and chocolate [Book Review]

Nelson, Jennifer ORCID: 2023. Mutiny on the rising sun: A tragic tale of slavery, smuggling and chocolate [Book Review]. Slavery & Abolition 44 (2) , pp. 411-412. 10.1080/0144039X.2023.2203015
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Eighteenth-century smuggling in North America and the wider Atlantic world was ubiquitous, comprising, as Hardesty notes, at least half of all trade. Focusing on a Boston-based smuggling ring and a case study of a single ship, the Rising Sun, involved in smuggling between British Caribbean and North American colonies and Dutch Suriname in the mid-eighteenth century, Hardesty provides a means of envisaging the sheer scale and complexity of illegal trading. Central to the success of illegal trade and the rise of luxury commodities such as the chocolate traded by ships like the Rising Sun was slavery, as the author expertly illustrates. In doing so Hardesty employs a meticulous transnational approach to build on the substantial literature on smuggling in colonial America. The book demonstrates why smuggling was able to thrive and how small concessions to inter-imperial trade were seized and exploited.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 0144-039X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 June 2023
Date of Acceptance: 2023
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:52

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