380 pp., 6.125 x 9.25
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
The handbook explains how money and exchange functioned as elements of the American economy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; it also provides sufficient technical and statistical information to allow the reader to convert a sum recorded in one currency into its equivalent in another. McCusker combines this with a compilation of exhaustive tables that give the commercial rate of exchange between London and the major cities of Europe and the British colonies.
"[A] remarkably clear, yet brief, guide through the murky complexities of the money of some sixty to seventy colonies. . . . A superb piece of work."
--Journal of American History
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