The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Fort Ticonderoga’s history.
Historian Thomas M. Truxes will introduce his latest book, The Overseas Trade of British America: A Narrative History. This is a compelling story in which the Anglo-French wars of the 17th and 18th centuries played a central role. Truxes will discuss how Atlantic trade allowed the initial survival, economic expansion, and later prosperity of British America, and brought vastly different geographical regions, each with a distinctive identity and economic structure, into a single fabric. He will show how colonial American prosperity was only possible because of the labor of enslaved Africans, how the colonial economy became dependent on free and open markets, and how the young United States owed its survival in the struggle of the American Revolution to Atlantic trade.
Thomas M. Truxes, Clinical Professor of Irish Studies and History at New York University, has written extensively on colonial trade and the early modern Atlantic economy. He is the author of six books, including Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York (Yale University Press, 2008).
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