Ships of the Boston Tea Party: Eleanor, Beaver, and Dartmouth

The Boston Tea Party was the culmination of a series of events that steadily aroused the ire of colonists who...More Read more from Ships of the Boston Tea Party: Eleanor, Beaver, and Dartmouth

The Spermaceti Candle Factory Industry in American Economic History

Recording of the The Spermaceti Candle Factory Industry in American Economic History lecuture given at the Oil, Business & Blubber...More Read more from The Spermaceti Candle Factory Industry in American Economic History

Threats to North Atlantic Right Whales

Recording of the North Atlantic Right Whales: On the Path to Extinction lecture held at the Whaling Museum on Thursday, August 30,...More Read more from Threats to North Atlantic Right Whales

Short Lays on Greasy Voyages: Whaling and Venture Capital

Jonas Peter Akins teaches at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and, with Professor Tom Nicholas, is the author of the...More Read more from Short Lays on Greasy Voyages: Whaling and Venture Capital

Before the Rockefellers, there were the Rotches, Part 1 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Three generations of Rotches dominated Nantucket’s politics, economy, and society. The rise of...More Read more from Before the Rockefellers, there were the Rotches, Part 1 of 13

For those who fail at business…there’s always politics, Part 2 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Like the commodity markets today, the price of both spermaceti and oil fluctuated...More Read more from For those who fail at business…there’s always politics, Part 2 of 13

The Tea Party: bad for business, Part 3 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Their journeys began with little fanfare. After selling their whale oil in London,...More Read more from The Tea Party: bad for business, Part 3 of 13

A different kind of sunken treasure, Part 4 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Little did anyone know in 1773 that the Rotches’ entanglement in Revolutionary politics...More Read more from A different kind of sunken treasure, Part 4 of 13

The Falkland gambit, Part 5 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: The onset of war between Britain and the American colonies devastated Nantucket’s economy....More Read more from The Falkland gambit, Part 5 of 13

“No step between being clear, and death,” Part 6 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Unfortunately for Nantucket and for Rotch, troubles with Massachusetts were only beginning. The...More Read more from “No step between being clear, and death,” Part 6 of 13

Patriotism…and false flags?, Part 7 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Though both American and British officials believed he secretly supported the other side,...More Read more from Patriotism…and false flags?, Part 7 of 13

America’s first trade war: bad for business, Part 8 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Great Britain punished the victorious rebels by passing the Alien Duty immediately after...More Read more from America’s first trade war: bad for business, Part 8 of 13

You can run but you can’t hide (in France), Part 9 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: William Rotch dispatched his son Benjamin to Dunkirk to begin relocating the family...More Read more from You can run but you can’t hide (in France), Part 9 of 13

Whaler, traitor, coward…spy?, Part 10 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: As the war grew closer, the Rotches decided they could no longer risk...More Read more from Whaler, traitor, coward…spy?, Part 10 of 13

Can you ever go home again?, Part 11 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: William Rotch returned to Nantucket in 1794, hoping to resume his business and...More Read more from Can you ever go home again?, Part 11 of 13

Post-script: Jefferson’s accusations and Adams’s Revenge, Part 12 of 13

View all articles in this series John Hancock was not the only “founding father” with whom the Rotches tangled. While...More Read more from Post-script: Jefferson’s accusations and Adams’s Revenge, Part 12 of 13

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