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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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Anglo-Dutch Trade in the English West Indies

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Empire at the Periphery

Christian J. Koot

NYU Press

This chapter traces changes in interimperial trade over the course of the second half of the seventeenth century. By the late 1680s, planters had yet to accept regulation unconditionally, and some had begun to see how the tools of empire could stymie international competition and enrich them. With an authority derived from the sugarcane that covered “Little England,” colonists glimpsed a future in which the empire could satisfy their needs and protect their wealth. Over the course of the next several decades, Barbadians would move even more decisively in this direction. But for many, the memory of earlier difficulties and the flexibility Dutch trade offered them remained an important aspect of their political economy. When warfare again struck the Caribbean in 1689, colonists received a grim reminder of how vital interimperial trade could be.

Keywords:   British Atlantic colonies, interimperial trade, British Empire, English colonists, sugar plantations, Little England, Barbados, Dutch trade

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