The Fishy Tribes
Jefferson sends the traveler to a series of sea ports on the French Atlantic coast. He was eager to expand the trade of these ports to American products, especially codfish. To learn about “the fishy tribes,” as he called them, he spent time investigating the maritime trades in New England before he sailed to France. We follow him to the waters off Newfoundland (where Jefferson’s shipmates caught cod) and to the French seaports he recommended. As we travel, we kept questions in mind—where have the cod gone, and will they ever come back?