Reminiscences of a 46 Years' Residence in the Island of St. Thomas, in the West Indies

Reminiscences of a 46 Years' Residence in the Island of St. Thomas, in the West Indies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...The disturbances on the Spanish main still continued, and many of the privateers were navigated under the Columbian flag; and even under the Buenos Ayres colour they sent out privateers fi-0m America, especially from Baltimore to the West Indies, which did a great deal of injury. The merchants were not able to make any successful speculations on the mains and other different places, and the Danish vessels were conveyed by the English men-of-war forwards and backwards to the Spanish main. Many families from thence came here, as they were not sure of their lives there. It was very remarkable that in the commencement of this year we paid for coffee 15 dollars; in the month of April 17 dollars; in May and June 19 to 21 dollars; in July and August 23 to 25 dollars; in September and October 28 dollars; and in November, by a general peace, the price for coffee raised to 30 to 32 dollars.This is a price I had not experienced here before. From this it can be very well supposed, that a good deal of money was lost by such a high price, for we were not without accounts from Europe; and besides the num her of vessels that arrived here Irom that part of the world, we received regularly every fortnight accounts from there by the packet. The price of c0fl-ee raised in Europe, but it was qufie impossible to gain any thing by it; the cause might have been found in the number of vessels that came out, every one wishing to return well laden. The supercargo of a French ship had to pay a very high price for 500 bags of Porto Rico coffee, viz: $32 per 100 lb. More than 100 vessels arrived here from Europe, 36 from England, (but generally these vessels went to the British Islands to receive their cargoes, ) 38 from Denmark, Hamburg, Altona and Flensburgh, 26 from..show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890434
  • 9781236890436