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Between Monopoly and Free TradeThe English East India Company, 1600-1757$
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Emily Erikson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159065

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159065.001.0001

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The Eastern Ports

The Eastern Ports

(p.125) Chapter 6 The Eastern Ports
Between Monopoly and Free Trade

Emily Erikson

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that the English Company was most successful in ports with a large local merchant class already adept at overseas trade. The captains were able to engage in trade because of preexisting financial and commercial networks that were willing and able to accommodate a large influx of small-scale commercial actors (factors, captains, officers, and seamen), as well as the larger interests of the Company itself. Overviews of foreign trade institutions, regulations, and practices at eight different ports of call—Batticaloa, Madras, New Guinea, Madagascar, Bantam (Banten), Whampoa (Huangpu, port of Guangzhou), Goa, and Batavia (Jakarta)—demonstrate this point. Each presents a window into the complex social and political structures of eighteenth-century Asian trading ports.

Keywords:   overseas trade, eastern ports, Asian ports, Asian trading ports, financial networks, commercial networks, small-scale commercial actors, foreign trade institutions, Asian trading ports

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