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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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The American and West Indian Trades

The American and West Indian Trades

(p.257) Chapter 13 The American and West Indian Trades
The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Ralph Davis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores trade between Britain, America, and the West Indies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It identifies the two types of English settlement in America - the plantation colonies and the farm colonies, then details each of their approaches to the shipping trade. It also traces the growth of the sugar and tobacco trades and the shift toward North-West tobacco shipping over London. Other essential developments include the impact of the Navigation Acts on Anglo-American trade; the rise of tobacco smuggling in Liverpool and Glasgow; the effects of crop seasonality on transatlantic trade; and the workings of the transatlantic slave trade, particularly through the port of Liverpool. It includes shipping statistics and contemporary correspondence to provide further detail about the structure of transatlantic trade.

Keywords:   Transatlantic Shipping, English Plantation Colonies, Sugar Trade, Tobacco Trade, Navigation Acts, Tobacco Smuggling, Slave Trade, Liverpool Slave Trade, Royal Africa Company

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