An Ostend East Indiaman, 1718-20

By G. Hinchcliffe, published August 1973


Following the Peace of Utrecht, the Spanish Netherlands became part of the Austrian empire and Ostend merchants tried to challenge the monopolies of the state East India Companies. The article explores a recently discovered journal kept by Nicholas Funnel, captain of a ship travelling to the East in 1719-20 as part of a venture by the Ostend Company. Following this presumably profitable voyage, the British government passed several acts intended to penalise British subjects who took part in the Ostend Company’s activities and the Company was forced to suspend its activities.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

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