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The chapter explores how trading companies relied on global networks to ply their trade and secure the position far from British shores. The companies constituted a very fertile and durable global space for exchange and dissemination of commodities, information and ideas over large distances. To successfully do this, the forming and strengthening of networks with other numerous agents, companies, and English trading companies with knowledge of long distance extra-European trade became increasingly important. Between 1550–1750 new connections were formed to answer the changing political and commercial realities globally and domestically. England developed from a peripheral power in Europe to a country at the centre of a global commercial imperial web. Corporate interests spanned from America and the Caribbean to South-East Asia and from Russia to southern Africa. The early modern corporations were created by networks and would come to facilitate a space globally where new networks were formed and, in time, strengthen the corporations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Corporation as a Protagonist in Global History, c. 1550-1750
EditorsWilliam A. Pettigrew, David Veevers
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationLeiden, Netherlands
Publication date10 Dec 2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-38785-0
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes
SeriesGlobal Economic History Series

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