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Empire at the PeripheryBritish Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713$
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Christian J. Koot

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748831

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748831.001.0001

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“Courted and Highly Prized”

“Courted and Highly Prized”

Anglo-Dutch Trade at Midcentury

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Empire at the Periphery

Christian J. Koot

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on how colonists, conditioned by their relative stability, their economic organization, and their location, adapted Anglo-Dutch trade to the new circumstances brought about by events such as the English Civil War, falling tobacco prices, the introduction of new crops, rising intercolonial demand for necessary goods, political instability in England, and metropolitan attempts to reshape the English empire. Their common experience on the periphery of their respective empires drove Dutch and English settlers alike to realize that their very survival and success depended on creatively maintaining cross-national trade. In the Leeward Islands, planters reacted to larger forces by deepening their relationships with Dutch traders while in Barbados, colonists who had better access to credit in England increasingly sought out a more flexible system of direct exchange. In both places, colonists defended Dutch trade and clashed with metropolitan officials trying to end it.

Keywords:   British Atlantic colonies, Dutch trade, Dutch traders, British Empire, Leeward Islands, Barbados

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