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The Tobacco Nation: English Tobacco Dealers And Pipe-Makers In Rotterdam, 1620–1650

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This chapter intends to shed some new light on pipe-making and tobacco dealing in the Dutch Republic in the first half of the seventeenth century, especially in Rotterdam. Archival sources are used to show the extent to which English natives dominated both sectors. At the same time, tobacco produced in the English colonies, in particular the Chesapeake, was often carried to Europe not by English merchants but Dutchmen. In the tobacco business, native Dutchmen were eclipsed by resident English merchants. The chapter reveals the transnational character of the tobacco trade between Virginia and Rotterdam in the first half of the seventeenth century. The tobacco merchants there rarely collaborated with Dutch importers and their pipe makers usually apprenticed fellow nationals. There was ultimately a limit to the transnationalism that marked Anglo-Dutch relations.

Keywords: Anglo-Dutch trade; English nation; pipe-making; Rotterdam; tobacco; transnationalism



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