Category Archives: Archeology

Tunnels – We’re Not Alone

After much research, I have well-documented the fact that smuggler tunnels do truly exist under Newburyport.       While the Looney-Tune* Historians who heavily rely on documents can’t figure out why there are no anecdotal mention of them; the evidence is over-whelming from … Continue reading

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The Smuggling Tunnels – a Compendium

I have tried to show, with out exasperating the reader, as well-documented as possible, a treatise about  Newburyport and Smuggling and how the practice indeed opened the way for the building and financing and sustaining tunnels under the city. Next Saturday, … Continue reading

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Newburyport was a Smuggler’s Den

According to Merriam-Webster, a ‘den’ was a hideout, and a center for secret activity.      If ever a community could be labelled as such, it would have been Newburyport.      There are still secrets hidden away in our ancient place and when … Continue reading

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Tunnels: Part VI – As vital components of trade – Some questions answered

Basically, we need to know when they were made; and how they were used. As we have discussed in an earlier post; smuggling was pretty common and to avoid not smelling of tar and looking like a giant chicken; most … Continue reading

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Tunnels: Part V – Transporting the ‘Product’

As indicated in previous posts on the tunnels, molasses was “black gold” to the early economy of Newburyport.    Though international trade and ship building was also important, it was the distilling of sugar into rum that was the foundation for Newburyport’s … Continue reading

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Tunnels: Part IV – How did Newburyport become rich through smuggling?

The focus of the problem was simple, long before American Custom Houses there were British Custom Houses.      To simply follow the rules of empire would have impoverished the average trader with limited supply and the very high tariffs of the Molasses … Continue reading

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Tunnels: Part Three – Smuggling was the original cause of the American Revolution

Yes, I know!      Another controversial statement but well-documented from American and British correspondence. As indicated in the previous post, Smuggling was making the American Colonies, especially New England wealthy.        And then came the French and Indian War (Called the Seven … Continue reading

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