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The coastal trade and the dutch-atlantic economy

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The trade in French wines and brandies was just one of the many sectors that fueled the Dutch economy. The myriad activities and investments of the wine trading merchants of Rotterdam exemplify the need to see even local trading practices as part of the much greater whole. We can position the French alcohol trade in ever wider circles, from its place within the Dutch economy to its place in Europe's coastal trade, which in turn links it to the emerging colonial economies of the Americas-themselves intertwined with the trade in slave labor from Africa, and which finally connects it with the trade in Asia's exotic and luxury commodities. The coastal trade that connected the European supply and demand zones provided a steady base for this global economy.

Keywords: Africa; America; Asia; Dutch; Europe's coastal trade; French alcohol trade; Rotterdam



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