Outlaws of the Lakes

Outlaws of the Lakes

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by Edward Butts

Since early colonial times, the Great Lakes, the Upper St. Lawrence and Lake Champlain have been smugglers’ highways. They have borne silent witness to trafficking of almost every commodity governments could tax or ban.

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Bootlegging & Smuggling from Colonial Times to Prohibition

Since early colonial times, the Great Lakes, the Upper St. Lawrence and Lake Champlain have been smugglers’ highways. They have borne silent witness to trafficking of almost every commodity governments could tax or ban. Smugglers kept commerce alive in Canada in the early nineteenth century, contributed to the British-Canadian victory in the War of 1812, and carried escaped slaves to freedom in Canada in the decades before the American Civil War. They also corrupted government officials, terrorized honest citizens and committed acts of ruthless violence.

Whether they operated in defiance of unjust laws or out of pure greed, the smugglers and bootleggers carved a legacy of violence and adventure, one that has had a profound impact upon the histories of Canada and the United States.

Thunder Bay Press.
271 pages, 6″ x 9″, softcover.
ISBN: 978-1-882376-91-9.
Item Number: LS1171.

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