Memoir, [ca. 1847]

Root, Joel, 1770-1847


1 volumes (58 pages).
Transcript of a memoir originally written in 1840 by Joel Root of Southington, Connecticut, and subsequently copied by his daughter, Charlotte A. L'Aignoux, ca. 1847 -- Memoir principally relates to Root's experiences while employed as supercargo during a seal hunting and trading voyage around the world aboard the brig Huron, 1802-1806, off the coast of Chile, and to Canton, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, and returning to New Haven in 1806. The commercial objectives of the venture involved obtaining hair seal skins for the American market and fur seal skins for trade in China. Root writes of encounters with indians at Areppo in Peru, and with the Spanish at Aranco and Concepcion (where he was briefly imprisoned), seal hunting on Mocha, St. Mary's Island and Massafuero; problems with the Spanish on Massafuero, life on the islands, other hunters, conflicts with the Huron's master, David Moulthrop, and friendship of the Spanish captain Don Manuel Martinez. Root also writes briefly of his early years in Southington and frequently punctuates his account with reflections on the importance of providential intervention in his affairs.
Son of Elisha and Lucy Root of Southington, Connecticut; Root was a farmer and worked in the dry goods business and later relocated with his family to New Haven where he was employed in 1802 as a supercargo on a voyage around the world aboard the sealer and trading vessel Huron.
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Microfilm copy available, film filed under "Whaling."..
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