By Robert B. Gordon

This e-book examines the economic ecology of 2 hundred years of ironmaking with renewal strength assets in northwestern Connecticut. It makes a speciality of the cultural context of people's judgements approximately expertise and the surroundings, and the slow transition they effected of their land from commercial panorama to pastoral countryside.

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16 By July 1775 he had decided to wait out the revolutionary unpleasantness in England and Jacob Ogden ran the forge 32 A Landscape Transformed in Robertsville on his own account through the war years. Governor Trumbull sent a committee to inspect the Lakeville blast furnace in January 1776; on its recommendation, the Council of Safety seized the works for cannon making. Since no one in Salisbury had ever cast cannon, the committee recruited Lemuel Bryant of Middleborough, Massachusetts, an experienced cannon founder, along with molders David Carver, Zebulon White, and David Oldman to cast cannon at the Lakeville furnace in 1776.

Other customers found the highquality iron made in Salsibury essential for their manufacturing operations. By 1818 Holley & Coffing was supplying bar iron to J & J Townsend's rolling mill in Albany, to the Columbian Foundry in New York City, and to the Springfield Armory, among others. 15 Forbes & Adam, Holley & Coning, the Hunts, and other Salisbury ironmakers met the new manufacturers' demands with the skills of artisans who had mastered the smelting and forming techniques already established in the district.

Salisbury now had many of its men working at its mines, forges, and furnaces. They were making a visible impact on the environment. Fortyseven different individuals sold ore to Coffing & Holley during the 1808 furnace campaign. Each blasted loose and dug out ore at his own pit at Ore Hill, alone or with a few helpers. 04 per ton royalty to the mine proprietors. Teamsters hauled one-ton wagonloads the two miles from Ore Hill to Furnace Village every day. During the 196 days of the blast, a typical miner would dig out about 34 A Landscape Transformed.

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