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6. Suppliers to the Royal African Company and the Royal Navy in the Early Eighteenth Century

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This chapter considers the Royal African Company (RAC) in the early years of the eighteenth century. The War of the Spanish Succession was to put it under great strain. The RAC had to cease its trading activities for a short period of time and also restructure some of its obligations to its own suppliers. It is argued that this was only feasible because its own contractors were enmeshed into the state apparatus and were able to extend credit. Their willingness to do so was related to the prospect of profits in the long run. The RAC provided the Royal Navy with information about pirates and also allowed the navy to quarter captured pirates in its forts. RAC officials served as judges in the trials of pirates, and the RAC offered to carry letters from the Admiralty to Royal Navy ships.

Keywords: Royal African Company (RAC); Royal Navy; Royal Navy ships; War of Spanish Succession



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