Yankee traders is a term used historically to refer to American merchants and drug smugglers, particularly around the turn of the 19th century. Many of the Yankee traders came from Boston, Massachusetts or other New England ports—hence the appellation "Yankee". They were reputed to be particularly shrewd and independent.
- Kales, David (2007). "Yankee Traders". The Boston Harbor Islands: A History of an Urban Wilderness. The History Press. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-59629-290-1.
- Kathryn VanSpanckeren. American Literature. United States Department of State. p. 159.
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