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Sale by auction of cargo of ship

Sale by auction of cargo of ship


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

Advert for sale by auction of cargo of the ship, the Valiant, bound from Bristol to Jamaica, and stranded in the River Avon, Bristol. Cargo of nails, beer, foodstuffs, etc.
The Avon is a difficult river to navigate, and ships could be stranded if they sailed at the wrong time for the tide, or took a corner too tight.

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: May 20 1780

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

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