Coastal and River Trade in Pre-Industrial England: The Bristol Region, 1680-1730

Coastal and River Trade in Pre-Industrial England: The Bristol Region, 1680-1730

by David P. Hussey

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Overview

This is the first-ever book-length analysis of England's pre-industrial domestic trading economy, drawing on extensive quantitative data provided by the computerisation of Britain's Portbooks Programme . It is now recognised that internal trade, for too long overlooked by economic historians, provided a vital link in the organization of pre-industrial economics. This book sheds new light on the volume, nature, structure, and mechanisms of coastal and river trade. In addition, the extent to which Bristol acted as a "quasi-metropolis," influencing the direction and conduct of the internal trade of a geographically-extensive region, is exposed to a more critical analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780967482644
Publisher: Regatta Press
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Pages: 296

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures, maps and platesvii
Prefacexi
Introductionxiii
1Bristol, coastal trade and the Bristol Channel region1
2Voyages and connections in the Bristol Channel21
3Cargoes, consignments and commodities: the regional trade in goods55
4The organisation of trade: owners, operators, merchants and boats104
5The coastal trade in operation151
Conclusion196
Appendix 1Gloucester coastal port books, 1680-1730203
Appendix 2Extant coastal port books, Bristol Channel ports, 1695-1704204
Appendix 3A simple classification of goods recorded in the port books205
Abbreviations206
Notes207
Bibliography262
Index287

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