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The Brown family stands out in American business history for its continuity and for the variety of enterprises in which it has participated. This book, the first of three to be devoted to the family, carries the story from the mid-18th century through the end of the Revolution. It includes fresh and fascinating material on the West Indies, the rum and molasses trade, illegal wartime trade, and the slave trade; it illuminates almost every form of economic activity in which the northern part of America was engaged during the Revolution.