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By Robert B. Gordon

This ebook examines the economic ecology of two hundred years of ironmaking with renewal power assets in northwestern Connecticut. It specializes in 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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15 Smith succeeded through his knowledge of the iron trade and his Merchant Capitalists 31 Fig. 3. Map showing the location of Smith's Robertsville forge. By placing the forge at the head of the gorge where the Still River drops forty feet to join Sandy Brook, and arranging to draw waterfrom Highland Lake (then Long Pond), Smith assured himself of a superior fall and flow of water to drive the forge hammers. ability to hire skilled artisan-managers for both the Lakeville furnace and the Robertsville finery forge.

At New Preston teamsters transferred to the New Milford &* Litchfield Turnpike. for most bridges. They placed piers to carry a series of trestles across the larger streams. The Housatonic was the most difficult to cross. Burrall's Bridge, erected in 1760 just below the Great Falls, first offered Salisbury and Canaan residents a way over, rather than through, the river. 20 Resources Discovered 19 THREE Independent Artisans B y 1730 New England colonists needed increasingly large amounts of iron for their expanding economy.

We saw in chapter 3 that Salisbury ore was not uniform and that smelters lacked adequate methods of quality control. Operators of forges running on the American bloomery process in the Adirondack region owed much of their success to the uniformly phosphorus-free ore they got from some of that region's mines. Salisbury lacked ore of the unusual quality found in the Adirondacks. However, Salisbury artisans, beginning with the Rockwell family, found that they could use the fining technique introduced by Richard Smith at his Robertsville forge to make the more nearly uniform metal the new manufacturing industries wanted from pig smelted from Salisbury ore.

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