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?
This month four hundred years ago, the famed Mayflower began its journey across the Atlantic. After abandoning its sister ship, the Speedwell, which was not seaworthy, the Mayflower finally set sail in September. The people on the Mayflower all belonged to an obscure sect called the Brownists. The founder, Brown himself, had already abandoned the sect and returned to the king’s Church of England. The Pilgrim fathers were woefully badly prepared for their journey, lacking proper farm implements and livestock. The miracle is that they survived at all!




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