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John Banister of Newport: The Life and Accounts of a by Marian Mathison Desrosiers

By Marian Mathison Desrosiers

 service provider John Banister (1707–1767) of Newport, Rhode Island, wore many hats: exporter, importer, wholesaler, save, money-lender, extender of credits and insurer, proprietor and clothing store of cruising vessels, and send builder for the slave alternate. His lately came across accounting files exhibit his position in reworking colonial exchange in mid–18th century America.
He mixed enterprise acumen and a powerful paintings ethic with wisdom of the legislation and new applied sciences. via his maritime actions and actual property improvement, he used to be a rain-maker for artisans, staff and manufacturers, contributing to source of revenue possibilities for businesswomen, freemen and slaves.
Drawing on Banister’s meticulous daybooks, ledgers, letters and receipts, the writer analyzes his contribution to the industrial heritage of colonial the United States, highlighting the complexity of the trade of the era.

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