Coastal Trade and Maritime Communities in Elizabethan England
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258 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

10 maps, 8 graphs, 12 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Coastal Trade and Maritime Communities in Elizabethan England

by Leanna T P Brinkley

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This book is the first modern analysis of the coasting trade in Elizabethan England. Drawing on a significant body of evidence, including evidence from the port books of Bristol, Southampton and Hull, as well as from a much broader array of early modern sources, it reconstructs both coastal trading patterns and the lives of the merchants, mariners and craftspeople that underpinned them. While Bristol, Hull and Southampton represent the primary case study ports, a much broader geographical range is explored, providing new insights into not just the trade routes, markets, commodities and ships on which this key element of England's maritime economy rested, but also into the men (and few women) who plied coastal trade routes, exploring their socio-economic status, social and political networks, and maritime business strategies. It analyses the linkages between merchants, shipmasters, and ships, discusses merchants' business practices, including their approach to risk, and shows how this shaped the early modern shipping industry. In presenting evidence in an engaging and easily digestible way, and making use of social network analysis, the book makes clear the complexities of coastal trader networks, and the business acumen of coastal traders. While scholarly work hitherto has focused overly on overseas traders, this book corrects the imbalance, revealing in detail the complex commercial and personal lives that coastal traders lived during this pivotal period in England's maritime and commercial expansion.


Leanna Brinkley completed her doctorate at the University of Southampton.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. The Elizabethan Maritime Economy
2. Commodities, markets, and trade routes
3. The Dynamics of the Coastal Trade
4. Business networks, seafaring communities and commercial models
5. The socio-economic position of coastal traders
6. Conclusions
Appendix A: Port books entered into the database
Appendix B: Commodities traded between ports
Appendix C: Wealth of merchants and mariners in Bristol, Southampton and Hull
Appendix D: Indicative voyages showing difference in value between Hull's Newcastle trade and Hull's London trade
Bibliography
Index
Leanna Brinkley completed her doctorate at the University of Southampton

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Title Details

258 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

10 maps, 8 graphs, 12 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press