A Transatlantic Commodity: Irish Salt Beef in the French Atlantic World

@article{Mandelblatt2007ATC,
  title={A Transatlantic Commodity: Irish Salt Beef in the French Atlantic World},
  author={Bertie Mandelblatt},
  journal={History Workshop Journal},
  year={2007},
  volume={63},
  pages={18 - 47}
}
In February 1674 Jean-Charles de Baas, the governor-general of the ı̂les françaises de l’Amérique, reported to Colbert that the previous year of famine had paradoxically had some advantageous effects on the French colonists residing on Martinique. It had focused the minds of the planters on their sugar crops and lessened their debt to French creditors from whom they would have borrowed money to buy wine and flour, and in any case, de Baas wrote, 

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