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Joel Root Memoir, 1840

Manuscript Collection #80

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Title: Joel Root Memoir
Creator: Root, Joel, b. 1770
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Memoir (1840) including personal memoir of Joel Root, adventures while engaged in sealing operations, cast ashore on the Indian inhabited coast of Peru.
Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 27 items, photocopies, memoir

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Accessions Information

January 24, 1969, 1 item; Personal memoir of Joel Root (1840). Loaned for copying by Mr. Jake D. Moore, Kinston, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Joel Root Memoir (#80), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Mr. Jake D. Moore

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon, February 1969

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Joel Root, born in Southington, Connecticut, in 1770, was early orphaned; and with two sisters, he was reared by his elderly grandfather. After briefly attending Yale College, Root Married and worked in various professions in Southington and New Haven, including farmer, dry goods merchant, and shipper. In 1802 he entered a sealing venture to the Pacific coast of South America as supercargo and director of the voyage.

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The memoir, written in 1840, recounts Joel Root's adventures while engaged in sealing operations centered on several islands off the coast of Chile. There is a detailed account of efforts to take hair seal skins for the American market and fur seal skins for the Chinese trade, primarily from the islands of Mocha, St. Mary's and Masafuero [Mas a tierra]. Also related are details of being cast ashore on the Indian inhabited coast of Peru, imprisonment by the Spanish at Concepcion, difficulty with the Spanish government while sealing on the Island of Masafuero, and the voyage home via China and Europe where he traded in Canton, Hamburg, and St. Petersburg. Root and his party arrived back in the United States in 1806, four years after their departure.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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