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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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“A Conspiracy in People of All Ranks”

“A Conspiracy in People of All Ranks”

The Evolution of Intracolonial Networks

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Empire at the Periphery

Christian J. Koot

NYU Press

This chapter traces the evolution of interimperial trade during the wars that plagued European empires almost without interruption from 1689 to 1713. The War of the League of Augsburg (1689–97) and the War of Spanish Succession (1702–13) disrupted both transatlantic trade and regulatory efforts, prompting colonists in both the Caribbean and New York to take the initiative in directing Anglo-Dutch trade, shifting the organization and management of interimperial trade to the Western Hemisphere. As both Barbados and the Leeward Islands continued to mature and as ongoing warfare created scarcities in the Caribbean, colonists there found they were able to trade a more diverse array of goods to English, French, and Danish islands, a pattern of commerce that New York City merchants were also perfecting in the same years. In short, this period witnessed diminishing ties to transatlantic Dutch credit and goods, and a thickening of Western Hemispheric connections within the empire. Traders in New York City and the Caribbean were reaching a point of sufficient stability to begin opening new opportunities for themselves and the empire by constructing a linked, though often still interimperial, economy.

Keywords:   interimperial trade, transatlantic trade, Caribbean, New York, Anglo-Dutch trade

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