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Trading SpacesThe Colonial Marketplace and the Foundations of American Capitalism$
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Emma Hart

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226659817

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226659954.001.0001

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A Journey through Early Modern Trading Spaces

A Journey through Early Modern Trading Spaces

(p.13) Chapter One A Journey through Early Modern Trading Spaces
Trading Spaces

Emma Hart

University of Chicago Press

Grasping the character of the trading cultures imported into colonial marketplaces by Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans is critical if we are to understand the subsequent development of their market. This chapter surveys these cultures, providing a vital foundation for the story of how these people interacted in marketplaces as colonial societies and economies evolved over the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A tableau vivant of the physical spaces where people traded with each other, this outline appraisal of day-to-day marketing will reveal both differences and similarities in a variety of economic cultures, all of which were undergoing major change as a result of the increase in Atlantic trade.

Keywords:   political economy, fairs, marketplaces, Native America, shatter zone, West Africa

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