The following is a review of So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism, by James R. Fichter.
This is a book about the original Tea Party — and so much more. It is a story of early free traders’ battles against English monopoly on the way to American independence. It is a tale of the development of America’s merchant class and the fortunes that were built on the Asia trade. And it is a saga of British trade politics on the cusp of reform.