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The “Golden Age” Of The Tea Trade And Its Conclusion

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The Dutch East India Company could claim to have played a pioneering role as an importer of Chinese tea into Europe. In 1760, the Co-hong, the so-called monopoly bureau of the Hong merchants, was officially established in Canton not without manifestations of protest from the European side. The Dutch trade representatives’ negotiations with the Hong merchants did not comply strictly with the regulations of this combine, and the business with the tea-supplying agents was not really greatly harmed by its establishment. Early in 1771 the Co-hong was dissolved, and afterwards the delegates of the European companies dealt freely with their Chinese trading partners once again until its re-establishment in 1782 around the time when the “Golden Age” of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)) tea trade drew to an end.

Keywords: Chinese trading partners; Dutch East India Company; Europe; tea trade; Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)



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