John Nelson, Merchant Adventurer: A Life between Empires by Richard R. Johnson

By Richard R. Johnson

John Nelson was once an entrepreneur born within the mid-seventeenth century--a guy, in Richard Johnson's phrases, "operating prior to the govt. and settled society from which he came," who "responded to conventions and stipulations derived from a number of diversified and sometimes competing cultures." For Nelson, this intended buying and selling out of Boston to the French and Indians of Canada, pursuing his family's goals of the proprietorship of Nova Scotia, and selling schemes of espionage and armed forces conquest on either side of the Atlantic. during a protracted and adventurous existence, Nelson served as intermediary among Canada and New England; led an rebellion that toppled the royal executive of Massachusetts in 1689; and handed years in French prisons, together with the Bastille, after which at courtroom in London as a participant within the complicated eu international relations of the time. Nelson's occupation finds in daring colours the political and financial pressures exerted upon colonial the United States through the growth and sour clash of ecu empires--he himself complained of being "crusht among the 2 Crownes." but it additionally indicates how one guy shaped a lifestyles as "spy, speculator, multinational service provider, memorialist, flesh presser, prisoner, guardian, good friend, and gentleman." Gracefully written and commonly researched, the e-book is either a superb instance of the hot Atlantic background and a shiny recounting of the fortunes of a great person.

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Even as the English Crown was forcing through its reorganization of government in Seeking "To Live Indifferent" 39 New England, Louis XIVe and his ministers were committing new resources to the protection and expansion of New France on a scale not seen since the 1660s. 18 Only a scattering of men were added to the Acadia garrisons. But at the very moment when Nelson seemed to have succeeded in establishing himself as middleman and dispenser of licenses in the Acadia trade, the French government embarked on a new policy by granting Clerbaud Bergier, a merchant of La Rochelle, and several Paris associates the right to set up a company to exploit the region's fisheries.

John D. Rockefeller III) more than forty years later. " As the sensation and the pulpit homilies on the sin of suicide subsided, 32 John Nelson, Merchant Adventurer Nelson joined with Tailer's widow Rebecca to serve as administrator of his friend's estate. 2 Soon afterward, and at some point before the summer of 1684, Nelson wed the Tailers' eldest child, Elizabeth, a girl still in her teens and a dozen years his junior, launching a partnership that would encompass more than fifty years of married life, many separations, and six children surviving into maturity.

10 Ultimately, French officials would indeed embrace such a policy; in the meantime, rumor found other scapegoats even closer to hand in the form of the English merchants trading up the eastern coast, charged with supplying their French and Indian customers with the very munitions employed to cut down English frontier families. 11 Such feelings prompted the embargo of 1677 on eastern trade; and in the following year only the veto of the Massachusetts magistrates saved John Nelson from an investigation by the deputies of the lower house into charges that he had exported gunpowder from Boston without permission.

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