Faculty Lecture Series: John Banister of Newport: The Life and Accounts of a Colonial Merchant, presented by Marian Mathison Desrosiers, Ph.D
Merchant John Banister from Newport, Rhode Island, wore many hats: exporter, importer, wholesaler, retailer, moneylender, extender of credit and insurer, owner and outfitter of sailing vessels, and ship builder for the slave trade. His recently discovered accounting records reveal his role in transforming colonial trade in mid–18th century America. Drawing on Banister’s meticulous daybooks, ledgers, letters and receipts, Dr. Desrosiers analyzes his contribution to the economic history of colonial America, highlighting the complexity of the commerce of the era.
- Thursday, November 30, 2017
- 4:00pm - 6:00pm
- Munroe Special Collections Room (McKillop 109)
- Library Program
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