History's most notorious smugglers
How smuggling supported the economies of England, America, and the European continent
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Smuggling thrived in England during the 18th and 19th centuries. Gangs dealing in illicit goods—items that included liquor, tobacco, tea, salt, and silks—would sell these stolen wares for cash payments while evading custom duties, a crime that often brought them in violent contact with the authorities. In the United States, smuggling was a regular feature of the economy of colonial British America. In fact, the seeds of the American Revolution were sown in part by tax dodging and the smuggling trade. And Napoleon inadvertently encouraged the illegal practice by enforcing the Continental System or Blockade during the Napoleonic Wars. But who were the main players in these unlawful and dangerous enterprises?
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