War and Trade in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, 1600-1650

By C. R. Boxer, published November 1985

Abstract

The expansion of trade and European enterprises overseas during the seventeenth century gave the Eastern Seas trade a huge importance which became indissolubly connected with armed warfare. The aim of this paper is to examine the interaction and balance between war and trade in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea from 1600 to 1650. In order to support the acclamation that trading profits can finance the war means, the author indicates particular thematic aspects: (i) long-range strategic and commercial planning, (ii) manpower, leadership and morale, (iii) shipping and armaments, (iv) trading with the enemy and with the neutrals, (v) private calamities and fortunes, and (vi) indigenous friends and foes.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

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