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Whaling Vessels in New Bedford, MA: The Wealthiest City per Capita in the United States

In 1850, New Bedford, Massachusetts became the wealthiest city per capita in the United States due to the profits of oil and baleen from whaling. Learn more about New Bedford's whaling vessels in this blog post.
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Whaling vessels, New Bedford, MA, 1913

Source: Museum Syndicate

Because of profits from oil and baleen, New Bedford, Massachusetts became the wealthiest city per capita in the United States in 1850. Thanks to its deeper harbor and location on the mainland, New Bedford supplanted Nantucket as the nation’s whaling capital.

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