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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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Diverging Interests

Diverging Interests

Anglo-Dutch Trade and the Molasses Act

(p.215) Epilogue. Diverging Interests
Empire at the Periphery

Christian J. Koot

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the diverging interests of British West Indians and British North Americans in the two decades following the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713. The British West Indies and British North America developed distinctive economies, the first dominated by production of one leading staple, the second by a diverse blend of economic activity. The regions' growing economic divergence also caused colonists' perspectives on interimperial trade to pull further apart. While trade between British and foreign colonies in the Caribbean would remain a regular feature of life for the remainder of the century, it would never again achieve the prominence it had in earlier years nor that it retained in New York.

Keywords:   British West Indians, British North Americans, economic activity, interimperial trade

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