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Maritime Transport and MigrationThe Connections between Maritime and Migration Networks$
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Torsten Feys, Lewis R. Fischer, Stephane Hoste, and Stephen Vanfraechem

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780973893434

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973893434.001.0001

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The Battle for the Migrants: The Evolution from Port to Company Competition, 1840-1914

The Battle for the Migrants: The Evolution from Port to Company Competition, 1840-1914

(p.27) The Battle for the Migrants: The Evolution from Port to Company Competition, 1840-1914
Maritime Transport and Migration

Torsten Feys

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the role of Dutch and Belgian consular agencies in opening and sustaining the business of transatlantic steamship lines from Rotterdam and Antwerp to the United States. Via a case study of the Holland America Line it analyses the responsibility of shipping agencies to gather information on migrant opportunities in the United States and to maintain the reputation of European ports. It uses the Line’s correspondence with New York shipping agents and the Board of Directors to interpret business strategies and inter-firm relationships. Though little is known about the activities of shipping agents and shipping companies in influencing migration, it concludes that their advertising efforts and the effects of fierce company competition brought the prospects of the New World into the mindset of a great number of Europeans. It requests further scholarly research into the impact of agents on migration patterns

Keywords:   Port Infrastructure, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Antwerp, Holland-America Line, Emigration Agents, Royal Dutch Steamship Company

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