In what ways did the Atlantic World contribute to the American Revolution?
Empire, slavery, and constant warfare interacted with each other in the Atlantic World. Which brings us to our question: In what ways did the Atlantic World and its issues contribute to the American Revolution?
Tyson Reeder, an editor of the Papers of James Madison. an affiliated assistant professor at the University of Virginia, and the author of Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution, is a scholar of the Atlantic World, who will help us see how smuggling and trade in the Luso-Atlantic, or Portuguese-Atlantic World contributed to the development and spread of ideas about free trade and republicanism.
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Tyson Reeder, an editor of the Papers of James Madison and an affiliated assistant professor at the University of Virginia, is a scholar of the Atlantic World, who specializes in the Luso-Atlantic or Portuguese-Atlantic World. He's also written a book on the subject, Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution.
During our investigation, Tyson reveals details about the Luso-Atlantic and who traded within the Portuguese sphere of imperial influence; Why so many British-American traders turned to smuggling as a way to trade in the Portuguese-Atlantic; And, how British-American experiences with smuggling and trade in the Portuguese-Atlantic led to the development and spread of ideas about free trade and republicanism.
What You’ll Discover
- The Atlantic World
- The world of the Luso-Atlantic or Portugese Atlantic
- The Luso-American trade network & its management
- The story of Thomas Rich and his trade within the Luso-Atlantic
- Understandings of smuggling in the 18th century
- Smuggling in the Portuguese Atlantic
- Why smugglers smuggled
- How Great Britain and Portugal viewed smuggling
- Ideas of mercantilism versus ideas of free trade
- Great Britain’s crack down on smuggling in 1763
- Sugar Act of 1764
- Townshend Duties of 1767
- Smuggling and the American Revolution
- Whig history and the American Revolution
- Impact of the American Revolution on Portuguese-American trade networks
- The Brazilian fight for independence
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Tyson Reeder
- Tyson’s UVA webpage
- Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution
- James Madison Papers
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- Episode 090: Caitlin Fitz, Age of American Revolutions
- Episode 099: Mark Hanna, Pirates & Pirate Nests in the British Atlantic World
- Episode 121: Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment in the 17th-Century Atlantic World
- Episode 161: Smuggling in the American Revolution
- Episode 229: Patrick Griffin, The Townshend Moment
- Episode 254: Jeffrey Sklansky, The Money Question in Early America
Time Warp Question
In your opinion, what might have happened if free trade had spread republican ideas around South America as smoothly and swiftly as Americans hoped they might spread? How might the geopolitics of South America be different today if American republicanism had caught on during the early 19th century?
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