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The Worth of a Continental

The American army during the Revolution consisted of three basic varieties of units—militia, state troops, and the Continental Army. Beginning with the earliest communities, militia served as a short-term local defense force raised by towns. The men who responded to the call on April 19, 1775, and laid siege to the British in Boston came […]

by Michael Barbieri
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From Pounds to Dollars

In all times and places, people have engaged in trade, and the American Colonies during the time of the Revolution are no exception.  Although some trade was conducted as barter, particularly for commodities such as tobacco or beaver pelts, it was common for people to use coins (of nearly any country – Spanish dollars were […]

by Lars D. H. Hedbor