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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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The French Wars and the Refashioning of Empire

The French Wars and the Refashioning of Empire

(p.333) 7 The French Wars and the Refashioning of Empire
Selling Empire

Jonathan Eacott

University of North Carolina Press

During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, British and American codependence in the India trade heightened, and so too did codependence in British industrial production and American cotton cultivation. American ships and merchants provided ready access for British Indian goods into Napoleon’s Europe, and they supplied Britain with raw cotton from the southern U.S. states. Yet the French Wars also reignited conflict between Britain and the United States, and the resulting embargoes and the War of 1812 magnified the dangers of British dependence on American cotton. By the time of the East India Company’s charter renewal in 1813, British production of India goods and the demand for India’s raw materials had eliminated the benefits believed to have come from the Company’s monopoly.

Keywords:   Napoleonic Wars, French Revolutionary Wars, War of 1812, East India Company Charter, Merchants, Cotton Cultivation, Industrialization, India Goods, India Trade, Embargoes

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