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Though tail-less cats and three-legged men inspire mystique, the Isle of Man's financial history is an intriguing reality.
Deprived of intrinsic raw materials, but fortified by 'herrin and spuds' (sea fish and potatoes), Manxmen chose international trade for independent survival.
Manx ships carried the Pilgrim Fathers and helped break the American blockade!
For a time, the Isle was decried as a smugglers' haunt. In 1661 official records show 'a nest of smucklers who glory in their treasons.' Even the local Bishop, in 1742, declared 'the iniquitous trade will hinder the blessing of God from falling upon us.'