- In 1721, Albany developed a trade in flour and bread to the West Indies.
- In the 1740s, the loyalties of the Albany Dutch were held suspect by the British and the Mohawk. There was even rumour of Montreal - Albany alliances based on the smuggling trade that saw one half or more of the French fur trade rerouted through Albany rather than through French Royal channels.
Point? Albany traders had an independent streak, were culturally distinct over two generations after British take over in the 1660s and also they had pre-existing distant trading relationships. They also had surplus cash crop grain. Just the sort of thing that might lead to wealth through a vertically integrated local farming, malting, brewing and exporting enterprises.