The role of Glasgow and Whitehaven merchants in the Chesapeake tobacco trade has been thoroughy researched by Jacob Price, Sir Tom Devine, J. V. Beckett and others. From the 17th century Bideford and other ports in Devon and Cornwall had an important share in this commerce, but apart from brief references by W. G. Hoskins, I've been unable to find any material on this subject.
Can anyone direct me to a dissertation, monograph, or journal article dealing with the tobacco trade of Bideford or other British outports, including Bristol, Lancaster,and Liverpool.?
Richard K. MacMaster