Scots in the Atlantic Economy, 1600–1800

T. M. Devine and Philipp R. Rossner

in Scotland and the British Empire

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199573240
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

Scots in the Atlantic Economy, 1600–1800

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This chapter examines the developing role of Scots traders in the Atlantic before and after the Union of 1707. The shift from Europe, the new connections with the Americas and the reasons for Scottish success in the Caribbean and American tobacco commerce are analysed. There is also focus on the Scottish involvement in the plantation slave-based economies and the impact of the transatlantic trades on Scotland itself.

Keywords: Scottish merchants; Atlantic commerce; sugar trade; tobacco trade; slavery

Chapter.  10270 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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