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Sale by auction of tobacco

Sale by auction of tobacco


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

Advert for sale by auction of 310 hogsheads of Virginia tobacco, just imported via St Kitts, Jamaica.

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: March 4 1780

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

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