Commerce and conflict: Jamaica and the War of the Spanish Succession

Nuala Zahedieh

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In the mercantilist world of the long eighteenth century the state was expected to use its resources, including its military strength, in the struggle for economic supremacy in Europe. In Richard Pares’s words, ‘the navy was a branch of business’.1 Powerful groups such as the Jamaica lobby repeatedly sought to solve economic problems with military action, and they frequently got their way. There has been surprisingly little systematic effort to assess the real economic gains of this undoubtedly economic war, but most historians have felt that, in general terms, the policy paid off.2 According to Curtis Nettels,
the Peace [of Utrecht] brought the advantages for which England had gone to war. Both the Dutch and the French had been crowded out of the favoured position in Spanish colonial trade… by the end of the war, markets so long closed or partially closed had been forced open.3
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Caribbean and the Atlantic World Economy
Subtitle of host publicationCircuits of Trade, Money and Knowledge, 1650-1914
EditorsA.B. Leonard, David Pretel
Place of PublicationBasingstoke; New York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781137432728
ISBN (Print)9781349682942
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

Publication series

NameCambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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