Chasing Empire Across the Sea

Chasing Empire Across the Sea

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Drawing on a vast array of official correspondence, merchant's letters, ship's logs, and graphic material from archives and research libraries in Canada, France, and the United States, Kenneth Banks details how France, as the most powerful nation on the Continent and possessing a tradition of maritime interest in the Americas and West Africa dating back to the earliest years of the sixteenth century, seemed destined to take a leading role in exploiting and settling the Americas and establishing posts in West Africa. That it largely failed to do so can be explained in large part by problems emanating from information exchange in an early modern authoritarian state. Banks provides a historical context for the role of communications in the development of the imperial nation-state and offers an Atlantic World perspective on the growing body of literature revising the historical role of absolutism.Vent. Since the Dutch grew a minuscule amount of tropical produce on their Caribbean islands for export, we know that most ... in the late seventeenth century as a favoured exchange site, as did CuraAsao even earlier for trade to the Spanish Main. Wim Kloostera#39;s work on the Dutch entrepAats in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has shown that the AŽles du Vent ... to accurately gauge the extent of foreign commerce in order to create a new free port system (see tables 6.3 and 6.4).

Title:Chasing Empire Across the Sea
Author:Kenneth J. Banks
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2002-11-21


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