Scottish trade with Africa and the West Indies in the early 18th century, 1694-1709

Papers of the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies, 1694-1709

Papers of the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies, 1694-1709

You are hereby ordered not to suffer, as far as you are able, the said company's ship The African Merchant under your command to be insulted, during your voyage, by the ships of warr of any nation
The Court of Directors of the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the IndiesDarien Papers 2 (1699-1703); img 2

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Records of Scotland's slave trade in the papers of the Darien Company, 1694-1709

This collection contains the financial and administrative records of the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies (also known as the Darien Company). The documents cover the period from the company’s formation in 1694 as a rival to the East India Company to its dissolution due to debts incurred in pursuit of the ill-fated Darien scheme. The latter is widely regarded as being the chief factor which gave rise to the 1707 Act of Union. 

These papers are an invaluable resource for those who wish to understand the sweeping political and economic changes which led to the creation of the British state.

Note: This collection is accompanied by an online guide.

Contents

Scottish trade with Africa and the West Indies in the early 18th century, 1694-1709...

Containing 10,219 pages belonging to 45 documents housed in 8 volumes...

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Sundry other Company cash books and accounts

Includes: Cash Ledgers with indexes, Journals, Cash books and the Copy Book of Accompts. (See also the accounts of the...

Financial records of the Company's Glasgow Directors

The journals and ledgers of the Glasgow directors including the journal and ledger kept by Peter Murdoch.

Accounts and registers of subscribers, stocks and shares

Documents relating to the subscribers including: Subscription Books, Stock Journals, Receipts from Shareholders, Account of the several payments made by...

The Company's letter book, general journal, and general trading ledger

Includes drafts, indexes, and notes. See also 'General Ledger (Shareholders' accounts)' under Accounts and registers of subscribers, stocks and...

Insights

  • The 'Accounts and registers of subscribers…' reveal who invested in Scotland's unsuccessful slave trade. Meanwhile the 'Financial records of the Company's Glasgow Directors' show how the company made a loss.
  • Finances are the main focus of these records and the 'Accounts of ships' captains' are financial accounts for each ship rather than descriptions of their voyages.
  • The other financial accounts that form this collection cover fitting ships out, lists of goods shipped, items for the ship's store and ship building costs.
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