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Those Emblems of Hell?European Sailors and the Maritime Labour Market, 1570-1870$
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Paul C. van Royen

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128831

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128831.001.0001

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English Sailors, 1570-1775

English Sailors, 1570-1775

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(p.73) English Sailors, 1570-1775
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Those Emblems of Hell?
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Peter Earle

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780968128831.003.0006

This chapter describes the competition Britain faced in its two century journey of becoming the possessor of the world’s largest trading fleet and the world’s most powerful navy. It stops at several important benchmark dates in European shipping trade history, including the growth of the East Coast coal trade; trade with the Mediterranean; oceanic fishing off the coast of Iceland and the Newfoundland Banks; voyages to the Indian Ocean; colonization in North America and West Indies; increase in demand for timber and marine stores; and the rapid expansion of slave trade from West Africa. The chapter also documents the increased employment levels as a result of trade growth, and estimates at the number of sailors employed at significant dates in maritime history, and investigates their geographical origin, wage, and approach to teamwork.

Keywords:   Maritime History, Maritime Labour, British Maritime History, British Maritime Labour, Dutch Maritime History, Dutch Maritime Labour, European Maritime Labour, European Maritime History

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