Anglo-Dutch Trade and the Molasses Act
This chapter discusses the diverging interests of British West Indians and British North Americans in the two decades following the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713. The British West Indies and British North America developed distinctive economies, the first dominated by production of one leading staple, the second by a diverse blend of economic activity. The regions' growing economic divergence also caused colonists' perspectives on interimperial trade to pull further apart. While trade between British and foreign colonies in the Caribbean would remain a regular feature of life for the remainder of the century, it would never again achieve the prominence it had in earlier years nor that it retained in New York.
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