Atlantic Neptune Part 1 – Item 4 of 23

Stephen Hornsby, “Staple Regions in North America and the Caribbean, 1764-1775,” from British Atlantic, American Frontier, 2005.
This modern graphic illustrates how profitable the export trade of natural resources from North America was for British merchants in the decade before the American Revolutionary War. Furs from Hudson Bay and Québec generated £37,000 in 1770, whereas the incredibly productive Newfoundland cod fishery generated over £450,000 annually from 1764-1774. Surpassed in worth only by sugar and tobacco, the North Atlantic cod fishery was critical to a flourishing trans-Atlantic trade. Consequently, the British Navy was tasked with protecting the English fisheries from potential commercial competitors.