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Selling EmpireIndia in the Making of Britain and America, 1600-1830$
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Jonathan Eacott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622309

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622309.001.0001

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“Those Curious Manufactures That Empire Affords”

“Those Curious Manufactures That Empire Affords”

India Goods and Early English Expansion

(p.14) 1 “Those Curious Manufactures That Empire Affords”
Selling Empire

Jonathan Eacott

University of North Carolina Press

At the beginning of the seventeenth century, many imperial thinkers, Lord Mayors, and adventurers in England thought of America and India together, and of America as a type of India. America seemed to offer an opportunity to avoid the dangers and competition of India. Some leaders hoped that American cultivation of silk, cotton, and spices would reduce the East India Company’s export of bullion to India and its imports of India’s finished goods that competed with English products. As the early English empire emerged, however, the promise of America seemed to change while the promise and threat of India and its goods, particularly its calicoes, seemed to increase. These changes, alongside war with Spain and the Dutch Republic, shaped the early structures, fashions, and aesthetics of the English empire.

Keywords:   East India Company, English Empire, Cotton, Calicoes, Spices, Silk, Spain, Dutch Republic, Bullion, Lord Mayors

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