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Mercantile connections

Douglas J. Hamilton

in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World 1750–1820

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780719071829
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702321 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719071829.003.0005
Mercantile connections

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This chapter focuses on the mercantile connections of Scots in the West Indies. It analyzes the case of the firms of Alexander Houstoun and Co. and the Baillie family's houses in London and Bristol which demonstrate the transatlantic nature of Caribbean enterprise. As with plantation management, kinship networks underpinned the ways in which mercantile concerns organised themselves. This chapter discusses the transfer of strategies and other measures and innovations employed by merchants to exploit better opportunities and to address the challenges and crises confronting them in the transnational world of exchanges.

Keywords: mercantile connections; Scots; West Indies; Alexander Houstoun and Co; Baillie family; Caribbean enterprise; kinship networks; merchants; transnational world

Chapter.  13317 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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