Challenging the “Tales of … Mandevil”
This chapter discusses the ways in which the public political disputes between the Royal African Company and the separate traders generated a conflict of ideologies. Late Stuart politics forced both sides to justify their interested positions and their very different constituencies in ideological terms. For the African Company, the self-interested trading activity of the separate traders was socially corruptive, and it enervated national liberty. For the independent traders, national liberty and economic growth was best achieved by the economic contributions of individual subjects.
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