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Quick recap! -New England Puritans were afraid of the forests but they discovered they had ~basic needs!~ -These needs included -Warmth (because New England is fucking cold) -Shelter (because religious groups are heavy on asceticism but most still have shelter?? -Back home, they were used to stone. -They would use the wattle-and-daub method to build their homes; weave sticks and stuff it with mud and boom, architectural structures. (This is the Tudor style) -”Paint? Paint is in the future. We’ve got wooden planks right now.” Oh no. Are we getting into the lumber discussion? I’m not ready for that. -Ahh, the dangerous plank-building process with a man in a hole in the ground and a man above him, and some dangerous maneuvering with blades above the man in the ground. Very safe. Masculinity is healthy. (Pit Saw) -This is the first sawmill --- we’ll get there later. -The men involved in this were called dogs --- the one on top was, creatively, called Top Dog. And the one underneath, shockingly, was called... the Under Dog. [insert eye roll emoji] -Wood, worth its weight... (insert sigh; we’re getting to the part of the course where he stresses the same five points). -Comparatively with their communities back across the sea, these people were fabulously wealthy (in wood [resources]) and compromised with their god to set off ~into the woods!~ -And now... we can export! B: Export trade in lumber -Barbadoes, Jamaica, Madeira -- they were perfect for growing enormous plantations of sugarcane. And then slavery (but that’s another story). -Sugar! Rum! Molasses! -But to ship: we need barrels. Barrels are the universal shipping container; books, glass, cloth, drinks, etc --- stuff it in a barrel, seal it up, write the address on the outside, and engage in your capitalist colonialist society built on the backs of slaves. -So we develop trade routes! -New England to Barbados/Jamaica: Wood in exchange for sugar/molasses/rum -But there’s only so much sugar/molasses/rum that the Puritans can use. They wanted manufactured goods --- glass, iron, fabrics, instruments, etc. And those things came from England. -So now New England trades the sugar/molasses/rum with England for cash. -Now you have money! Buy the manufactured goods in England with cash and load them up on boats and ship them to New England. -And now the goods are in New England so sell those to the colonies and boom, profit. -If you don’t feel like dealing with the West Indies (hurricanes, etc), sell the wood directly to England because they’re in a wood famine.
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-1771-1773: estimated that about 70 million feet of lumber (in barrels, etc) were shipped from New England to the West Indies. A quarter of a million trees.
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