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The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries$
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Ralph Davis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497384

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497384.001.0001

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Shipping and Trade

Shipping and Trade

(p.169) Chapter 9 Shipping and Trade
The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Ralph Davis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the demand for trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through analysis of statistics that reflected the value of commodities. It examines the demand for tonnage; international competition for outward cargo; commodities and their fluctuating values; the seasonality of crops; the increase in merchant wealth in the eighteenth century; the consequences of fluctuating demand; the coastal trade; the function of tramps and liners; and shipping costs and monopolies. Resultingly, British shipping declined considerably in the early eighteenth century, though this was also exacerbated in large part due to the declaration of peace after the Dutch Wars. It concludes with a summary of statistical sources used in this chapter and the subsequent five.

Keywords:   Tobacco Trade, Sugar Trade, Transatlantic Shipping, International Shipping, Coastal Trade, Tramp Shipping, Liner Shipping, Dutch Wars

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