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The Copp Family Textiles - Smithsonian Institution Libraries

SMITHSONIAN STUDIES IN HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY

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FRONTISPIECE. View of Salem, Massachusetts, in the mid-eighteenth century. Salem, like the other New England and Atlantic seaports,

received goods from many parts of the civilized world. Textile materials, shown in the foreground of this engraving by Leizelt, are being

unloaded onto the wharf for checking and distribution. In spite of our image of Colonial life as being ruggedly independent and selfsufficient,

the colonists were not only ready but eager to buy cheaper goods imported from abroad. (Smithsonian photo 70489.)

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