- What are some common items listed that are expected to be imported into the United States? What are some items that are unfamiliar?
- Why would the United States be interested in importing these things?
- Compare this list to the English Map of Grenada, what might the United States import from Grenada Island based on Thomas Jefferson's letter?
- Among the listed commodities coming into the United States are slaves. What does this tell you about how slaves were viewed and treated at this time?
Jefferson, Thomas, "Thomas Jefferson to Charles Thomson, April 22, 1786, Oil Lamps; with Copy and Estimate of United States Imports," 22 April 1786. Courtesy of Library of Congress