A Landscape Transformed: The Ironmaking District of by Robert B. Gordon

By Robert B. Gordon

This ebook examines the commercial ecology of 2 hundred years of ironmaking with renewal strength assets in northwestern Connecticut. It makes a speciality of the cultural context of people's judgements approximately expertise and the surroundings, and the sluggish transition they effected of their land from business panorama to pastoral countryside.

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A Landscape Transformed: The Ironmaking District of Salisbury, Connecticut

This booklet examines the economic ecology of two hundred years of ironmaking with renewal strength assets in northwestern Connecticut. It specializes in the cultural context of people's judgements approximately know-how and the surroundings, and the sluggish transition they effected of their land from business panorama to pastoral nation-state.

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17 These difficulties foreshadowed problems that would become severe when the Salisbury district makers concentrated on highquality iron made for demanding customers, such as the national armories (see chap. 5). 18 An artisan might work for the proprietors of a forge or mill and simultaneously on his own account, as Simeon Palmer did from 1797 to 1802. While Palmer operated Wadsworth & Kirby's slitting mill in Bantam, he bought iron on his own account from a Litchfield storekeeper, rolled and slit it, and delivered nail rod to customers who bought from the store.

Ee built on Mount Riga in 1810. The furnace built at Lakeville was probably similar in design. ) keepers to watch the furnace day and night, three "pounders" to break up the ore and flux, two fillers to charge the furnace, a banksman to unload ore, two coal stockers, and a jobber to clear the casting floor. 7 Allen's managerial talent (and his sense of civic responsibility) fell far short of his entrepreneurial skills. In three tumultuous years in Salisbury he repeatedly demonstrated his physical prowess by assaulting his neighbors, shocked and (privately) entertained the townspeople with his rich command of profanity, and soon parted company from his partners.

Shipsmiths forged iron fastenings used in the vessels they built for the coastal and West Indian trades. The mariners who sailed these ships wanted large, strong iron anchors. Millwrights needed waterwheel axles and gudgeons, spindles, and numerous other iron components for gristmills, sawmills, fulling mills, and oil mills. Builders of the forges and furnaces that smelted and shaped iron products had to have iron hammerheads and forge plates. The pioneers on the frontier in New York and northern New England wanted massive iron kettles for boiling potash, usually the first cash crop they got off their newly cleared land.

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