By Robert B. Gordon
This e-book examines the economic ecology of 2 hundred years of ironmaking with renewal strength assets in northwestern Connecticut. It makes a speciality of the cultural context of people's judgements approximately know-how and the surroundings, and the slow transition they effected of their land from business panorama to pastoral countryside.
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Then a new generation of entrepreneurs with both artisanal and managerial skills began making and selling sophisticated products to distant as well as local customers. New opportunities in the iron trade opened for them in the years before the Revolution. As they exploited these, they transformed the region's ironmaking into a key component of the colonial industrial economy. In 1739 Richard Seymour, a Hartford smith, started ironmaking in East Canaan by building a bloomery forge on the Blackberry River.
The partners made complex arrangements with other Salisbury entrepreneurs to raise money. With financial backing from Peter Farnham, Amos Moore, and David Waterman, they replaced the old timber dam at South Pond with a stone one and commenced construction of their furnace. By December 1803 they were unable to pay the debts they incurred buying land and had to release their holdings, including the unfinished blast furnace, to their creditors, Waterman, Farnham, and Moore. Waterman then gained control of the entire property.
The partners explained that stormy weather and bad roads made it difficult to get the iron to Hudson, the port on the river where a ship would pick it up for Boston. When Dunbar complained that much of the iron that did arrive was too soft, the partners replied, "It is not always possible to make a furnace go as you want to. "26 Despite problems such as those with Dunbar, the partners built a reputation such that Commodore William Bainbridge wrote to ask them to cast cannon and shot for the navy in 1813.
A Landscape Transformed: The Ironmaking District of Salisbury, Connecticut by Robert B. Gordon