How are the America's Cup Sailing and the Atlantic Slave Trade connected?

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WikiTree profile: Nathaniel Herreshoff
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Herreshoff was an America's Cup patron in the mid to late 1800's.  He had an early interest in ship design and building, and with his ships became a maritime merchant, having earned much of his vast wealth in the notorious "Triangle Trade", along with many other Narragansett Bay maritime merchants and businessmen.  Transporting rum distilled in Bristol, RI, Herreshoff's home, along with livestock, horses and finished goods to West Africa, his ships would then take on slaves bound for Cuba and other Caribbean ports.  Sugar, coffee and molasses, often produced on plantations owned by these same Rhode Island merchants, was then transported on the Triangle's third leg back to Rhode Island, where the molasses was used in making rum, and the other goods were sold.

See:

http://www.douggelbert.com/bristol-ri/,

https://books.google.com/books?id=MpcgJ7MhMoUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=herreshoff&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0tYbj6fjYAhUEd98KHaTHCIQQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=herreshoff&f=false,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Cup, and

https://books.google.com/books?id=j6UCXTxPDK0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=herreshoff+%22triangle+trade%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQqonQ6_jYAhVmluAKHTRlBvsQ6AEIWjAJ#v=onepage&q=herreshoff&f=false
by David High G2G Crew (530 points)
selected by Michael Stills
Very nice David!  Well said.
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Your question caught my eye due to your mention of the America's Cup!  As an avid sailor and two times trans-Atlantic crosser on my own sailboat, I am an active follower of the America's Cup -- the oldest international sporting trophy.  I've attended numerous of the competitions and am in fact headed to Bermuda this coming week for a couple weeks to watch it yet again!  Unfortunately, this leaves me no time right now to try and connect Nathaniel . . .

Sail on!
by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (438k points)
Wow Darlene, that's incredible!  Have fun and come back in one piece :)
Darlene, have a great time.  I was in San Francisco for the AC, as well as in Auckland twice for the prelims. It is a real thrill to see these things rise up out of the water on their foils and jet forward.
Vic, looking forward to it for sure.  The last America's Cup I attended was in 2007 when we sailed our own catamaran from the Caribbean over to the Mediterranean and saw it in Valencia.  We had friends racing on both boats that time, so it was awesome!  We'd been to others prior in the U.S.  These boats are crazy these days!  We weren't able to make it to San Francisco. . .
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Also a sailor, so I'll work on this.
by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (331k points)
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Its now New Zealand's Cup - again
by Valerie Willis G2G6 Mach 7 (79.9k points)

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