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The Sale Of The “Voc Teas” In Europe

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A comparison of the sales of tea by the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)) in the Dutch Republic throughout the entire span of the Company’s China trade shows that this trade with China was not always profitable. The period between 1757 and 1781 was, however, an outstanding one: it was the only period in which the VOC profited from the Chinese tea trade for as long as twenty- three years without a break, with a seasonal 3,316,808 pounds imported from Canton, making a gross trading profit of 94 per cent on average. The domestic tea market in the Dutch Republic was, because of its limited size, too small a stage and therefore the re-export of the “VOC teas” by Dutch traders to other European countries helped to swallow up the surplus of the “VOC teas”.

Keywords: Canton; Chinese tea trade; Dutch East India Company; European countries; Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)



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