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Dutch trade with Curaçao, 1701-1762

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Klooster, dr. W.W. (): Dutch trade with Curaçao, 1701-1762. DANS. https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-xcq-cfvp

1995 Klooster, dr. W.W. 10.17026/dans-xcq-cfvp

The dataset “Ships with cacao, Curaçao-Netherlands 1701-1755” contains a list of ships that sailed from Curaçao to the Netherlands with an amount of cacao on board. The list is chronologically ordered by date of departure from Curaçao

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Dutch trade with Curaçao, 1701-1762 - W. Klooster

The Caribbean was an area where Dutch trade did not decline in the eighteenth century. Spanish mercantilism had been weak from the very beginning. To a very large extent, the Dutch transit trade was an illicit affair. But, although Dutch merchants were sometimes caught in the snares of other New World powers, they usually managed to slip through the nets and successfully defied foreign mercantilism. Curaçao, perfectly placed to cash in on American riches, became one of the New World’s major smuggling centres. It played a pivotal role in Dutch trade with Spanish America. The Dutch part in the slave trade diminished after 1713, ceasing completely in the 1770s. In addition to slaves, Curaçaoan traders offered a variety of textiles from various parts of Europe for sale. The Dutch acquired bullion and specie, and were also paid in local products. The ships on the shuttle trade between Curaçao and the Netherlands, and those of the Middelburgsche Commercie Compagnie combined, carried almost three-quarters of all Spanish American hides to Europe in the period 1717-1755. Cacao, tobacco and coffee were other products which were sent to the Netherlands in large quantities.

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The dataset “Ships with cacao, Curaçao-Netherlands 1701-1755” contains a list of ships that sailed from Curaçao to the Netherlands with an amount of cacao on board. The list is chronologically ordered by date of departure from Curaçao.

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