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The Vernon Brothers' Atlantic World: Newport Slave Trading in the Mid-Eighteenth Century


Sean Kelley (AAS-NEH Long-term Fellow Associate Professor of History, Hartwick College)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.
Peter Green House, Pavilion Room
79 Brown Street (corner of Angell; entry via stairs to porch on Angell St.)
Brown University
Providence, RI

PRÉCIS: Samuel and William Vernon were among the most prominent merchants in mid 18th-century Newport, Rhode Island. Active in the colony's infamous "triangle trade," the Vernons delivered over 5,000 captive Africans to markets in the Americas. This talk will examine the many connections that made this trade possible, from their correspondents in Europe and the Caribbean to the ship captains who bought and sold in their name.


There will be an informal reception before the paper, and a dutch-treat dinner in Providence will follow. If you plan to attend, please notify Ann-Cathrine Rapp at AAS no later than Friday, March 13, by email arapp[at] or by selecting the "register" button on the announcement on the calendar of events page.

The Society regrets that it is unable to make refunds after that date.

Reservations are suggested (and deeply appreciated) for attending the seminar. Reservations are required to attend the supper.