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Cargo of ship for sale by auction

Cargo of ship for sale by auction


From Bonner and Middleton’s Bristol Journal – editorials all talk of either rebellions in America or French wars.

For sale by auction of the cargo of the ship, the Minerva, bound for St Kitts in the Caribbean, but stranded in the River Avon, Bristol. Cargo sold off, consisting of linen, foodstuffs, tobacco, rope, nails etc.

In 1776, the thirteen American colonies began fighting for independence from Britain. France, Spain and Holland supported the Americans. North America supplied the Caribbean islands with large amounts of food and supplies. The American colonies also bought a large amount of the sugar, rum and molasses produced. The resulting war seriously disrupted transatlantic trade, and Bristol merchants were affected by this. In the Caribbean, 3,000 slaves died as a result of food shortages caused by the war.

Date: Jan 29 1780

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

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