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Connecting the Kingdom: Captains' Discretion, Conversation, and Partnership in the Transatlantic Tobacco Trade, 1720-1776

Tucker, Hannah Knox
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Tucker, Hannah Knox
Advisor
Edelson, S. Max
Abstract
Connecting the Kingdom argues that during the eighteenth century a ship captain’s role transformed from auxiliary businessman to interpreter of the Atlantic. Tobacco trading captains, often men from modest backgrounds, coordinated market activities between Chesapeake planters and agents and British merchants. Their privileged position in the transatlantic network allowed them to broker the market information tobacco trading firms needed to increase efficiency. Their transatlantic conversations also forged and reinforced a mercantile culture characterized by profit motivation, respect for the terms of partnerships, and valuing time and information.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, MA (Master of Arts), 2017
Published Date
2017-11-28
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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