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Meeting to examine pensioners

Meeting to examine pensioners


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

Notice of a meeting of The Trustees of the Seamens’ Hospital, to examine the pensioners. If they did not attend, or give reason why they did not attend, they would loose their pension.

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: Oct 14th 1780

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