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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Beaver Fur Hats

17th beaver fur hat
As the cultivation of tobacco was too convenient a profit to ignore, the English were disappointed who wanted to fill supply raw goods to the English markets looking forward to shipments of iron, timber, potash, hemp, silk and other commodities.  However, the English authorities repressed every effort of the colonists to manufacture their own clothing and other necessary supplies. Every coat worn by the planter, every dram of spirits consumed by him, which had been obtained by means of tobacco from traders of Holland, diminished the value of the Virginia market for English goods. Additionally, to permit the colonists to export their agricultural products to any foreign country was looked upon as destroying all ties to England.  Thus, laws and regulations were enacted against the dutch traders, and others.   For example, head covering was made of fur which had been sent to England from the colony for working up, and then returned in the shape of hats to be sold or bartered. Source: Economic History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century by Philip Alexander Bruce.

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