Smuggling

The wholesale evasion of customs dues on silk, brandy, lace, tobacco and such staples as tea created a huge black market in eighteenth and early nineteenth century England. No area was more deeply involved than the New Forest. A detailed account of every aspect of this trade, how it was financed and carried out, how every class of society was involved, and the useless attempts of the government to prevent it, form a key part of the 'Albion Park' chapter of THE FOREST.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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