Smuggling

The wholesale evasion of customs dues on silk, brandy, lace, tobacco and such staples as tea created a huge black market in eighteenth and early nineteenth century England. No area was more deeply involved than the New Forest. A detailed account of every aspect of this trade, how it was financed and carried out, how every class of society was involved, and the useless attempts of the government to prevent it, form a key part of the 'Albion Park' chapter of THE FOREST.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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