St Peter Port, 1680-1830: The History of an International Entrepôt

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Boydell & Brewer, 1999 - 247 Seiten
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Gregory Stevens Cox's immensely readable and meticulously researched history of St Peter Port in the eighteenth century provides a fascinating account of the town's place in the trading world of the Atlantic. He shows that it was trade, not privateering, which led to the growth of the town; and he shows how it was transformed from a `French' to an `English' community. He brings the town and its inhabitants alive, in all their various activities of work, family and sociability. MARTIN DAUNTON, Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge For over a century St Peter Port, Guernsey, functioned as an international entrepôt, handling millions of gallons of alcohol and large quantities of tobacco. This study examines the volume and value of the port trade. But this is more than a simple study of the port. Using a variety of analytic techniques the author considers the impact of the entrepôt trade on the demographic, cultural and social structures of St Peter Port. He shows the consequences of migration and how a small, poor `French' town of some three thousand inhabitants was transformed into a wealthy `English' town with a population some five times greater.Dr GREGORY STEVENS COX is head of history, Blanchelande Girls' College, St Peter Port.
 

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Chapter One The Background
1
Appendix
4
HI St Peter Port
11
Chapter TwoForeign Trade
17
The St Peter Port entrepot at its zenith
23
Trade with England and Wales
34
The South American trade in the nineteenth century
40
June 1826
41
Food provision and subsistence crises
75
Conclusion
77
The social and economic impact of migration in the early 19th century
91
St Peter Port taxpayers in 1727 and 1831
99
Changing residential patterns 17271800
108
Cultural differentation
123
Urban improvement C 1800C 1831
136
Victorian Epilogue
139

Conclusion
48
The impact of the entrepot
57
Chapter Four Demography
64
Notes
70
Crisis mortality
71
Tobacco
152
the streets of St Peter Port 1827
171
Bibliography
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