The Tobacco Lords

The Tobacco Lords : A Study of the Tobacco Merchants of Glasgow and Their Trading Activities, c.1740-90

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Surveying the transatlantic tobacco trade of the 18th century, this study examines the growth of merchant families in Glasgow, their successful trading methods and their eventual demise. It contains an analysis of the effect the American War of Independence had on Scottish transatlantic trade.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 16mm | 399.16g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 b&w illustrations
  • 0748601724
  • 9780748601721

Table of contents

Part 1 The nature of the Glasgow merchant community: the tobacco merchants of Glasgow; merchant investments - land; merchant investments - industry. Part 2 Trading methods and organization in the Glasgow tobacco trade: the organization of the Glasgow tobacco trade c 1740-90; the emergence of the tobacco companies; the tobacco farm in Virginia, William Cunninghame and Company, 1768-75; sources of capital for the Glasgow tobacco trade. Part 3 Glasgow tobacco merchants and the American war of independence: merchant reaction to the American war; the opportunities of trade during the American war; the difficulties of trade during the American war. Part 4 The aftermath of the American war of independence: the problem of Glasgow's pre-war debts; the renewal of trade with North America after 1783.show more