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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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Enforcement, Aesthetics, and Revenue

Enforcement, Aesthetics, and Revenue

(p.118) 3 Enforcement, Aesthetics, and Revenue
Selling Empire

Jonathan Eacott

University of North Carolina Press

The regulations over India goods were contested by smugglers and consumers but generally enforced through policing and the vigorous efforts of merchants and the East India Company to encourage Indian producers and Company servants to supply high-quality, fashionable, and affordable goods. British revenue in India itself was not yet substantial, and although per capita consumption rates of Indian fabrics were higher in American markets than in Europe, the markets themselves and the duty revenues were smaller than those in and from Europe. The purpose of India goods in the trade to Africa for enslaved laborers was clear. To what imperial end such goods should be consumed in the American colonies, however, remained the topic of interest and debate in the imperial government.

Keywords:   East India Company, India Goods, Imperial Government, Smugglers, American Colonies, Colonial Consumers, Africa, Enslaved Laborers

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