- Title Pages
- Introduction to the 2012 Edition
- Series Editor's Foreword
- Chapter 1 The Widening of Horizons, 1560-1689
- Chapter 2 Consolidation, 1689-1775
- Chapter 3 Ships and Shipbuilders in the Seventeenth Century
- Chapter 4 Ships and Shipbuilders in the Eighteenth Century
- Chapter 5 The Shipowners
- Chapter 6 The Merchant Seamen
- Chapter 7 The Pay and Conditions of Merchant Seamen
- Chapter 8 Shipping Management and the Role of the Master
- Chapter 9 Shipping and Trade
- Chapter 10 The Nearby and Northern European Trades
- Chapter 11 The Southern European and Mediterranean Trades
- Chapter 12 The East Indian Trade
- Chapter 13 The American and West Indian Trades
- Chapter 14 The Government and the Shipping Industry
- Chapter 15 War and the Shipping Industry
- Chapter 16 Four Ships and Their Fortunes
- Chapter 17 Was It a Profitable Business?
- Chapter 18 Conclusion
- Appendix A A Note on the Shipping Statistics, 1686-1788
- Appendix B Sources for the History of the Shipping Industry
The East Indian Trade
The East Indian Trade
- (p.247) Chapter 12 The East Indian Trade
- The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
- Liverpool University Press
This chapter explores trade between Britain and East India during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It follows the actions of the East India Company (and to a lesser extent, the Levant Company) and their trading activity in India and parts of Asia. It examines the various types of trade cargo including salt, silk, pepper, and Chinese tea; analyses freight rates; and discusses the competition with Dutch ships. Finally, it details the management structure of the East India Company and the way in which it managed to generate profit and success. It concludes that this success drew the unfavourable attention of Parliament.
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