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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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Mercantilist Goals and Colonial Needs

Mercantilist Goals and Colonial Needs

Interimperial Trade amidst War and Crisis

(p.87) 3 Mercantilist Goals and Colonial Needs
Empire at the Periphery

Christian J. Koot

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the 1660s when Englishmen in the colonies and the metropole worked out their competing, and still evolving, visions of empire. It details how the English conquest of New Netherland interrupted development and had an impact similar to wars or natural disasters in the Caribbean. Colonists in New York responded by grasping their older connections tightly to survive the difficult times, defying authority when necessary, ignoring ongoing Anglo-Dutch warfare, and adapting to new circumstances just as their compatriots in the islands had. Though “necessity” meant something different to colonists in New York than it did in Barbados and the Leeward Islands, trade with Dutch merchants was important in all three places.

Keywords:   British Atlantic colonies, New York, British Empire, New Netherland, Anglo-Dutch War, English colonists, Dutch trade

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