Trade: Making Sense (or Pence!) of Bull's Competition
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Downturn | Bull's Trade | Bull's
Deerfield, Northampton was a thriving metropolis. Yet, Bull managed
to survive, even to thrive, in Deerfield from the business that
came his way. By comparing John Partridge Bull's shop to the shop
of his mentor, Seth Pomeroy of Northampton, we can get a sense of
how the two communities compared in terms of commerce.
Income: Bull vs. Pomeroy
how much difference is there between the income received by
the Pomeroy shop and the income received by John Partridge
Bull vs. Pomeroy
with the table above, do you see any discrepencies between
the number of goods produced and the relative income received?
in a larger town affect the amount of income received? Or
are there additional factors that you believe should be taken
into account before drawing conclusions?
you think that there is such a large difference between production
and income in 1774 and in 1786? What evidence would you look
for to bear out your hypotheses?
data compiled from the account book of John Partridge Bull, collections
of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and the account book
of Seth Pomeroy, collections of the Northampton Historical Society.
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