Soldiers and Merchants
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Covering the period 1800–1820, the chapter surveys the British incursions against Buenos Aires in 1806 and 1807 and the infiltration of British merchants before and after the Revolution of 1810 leading to independence. British residents initially comprised deserters, a group of women who escaped transportation to Australia and a few young merchants. The community grew rapidly after 1815 with the migration of men and women, commonly from English textile districts, of whom many became shopkeepers and artisans. The chapter draws on contemporary memoirs by British merchants led by John and William Parish Robertson.