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Chests, Tubs and Lots of Tea the European Market for Chinese Tea and the Swedish East India Company, c. 1730-1760
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
Number of Authors: 2
2015 (English)In: Goods from the East, 1600–1800: Trading Eurasia / [ed] Maxine Berg, Felicia Gottmann, Hanna Hodacs, Chris Nierstrasz, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 277-293 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

More than 1,100 tons of tea were put up for sale in Gothenburg in August 1754. It was the largest quantity sold at a Swedish East India Company (SEIC) auction before the Seven Years’ War. The tea cargo was packed in 14,499 chests of various sizes, 380 tubs and more than 5,000 canisters; tea was by far the bulkiest of goods shipped to Gothenburg from Canton. All but a fifth of the tea in the 1754 shipment was the cheap black type called Bohea. The logistics of this trade involved moving these large quantities of Bohea tea from the Wuyi Mountain area in southeastern China where it was produced, to Canton, across the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope, and to the Northwestern fringe of Europe. This would be daunting enough, but the journey did not end in Gothenburg — the headquarters of the SEIC, on the West Coast of Sweden. After the auction, the chests were loaded onto smaller ships destined for places including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Ostend.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 277-293 p.
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Europe's Asian Centuries
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Economics and Business History and Archaeology Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136136DOI: 10.1057/9781137403940_18ISI: 000384989200022ISBN: 978-1-349-56218-3 (print)ISBN: 978-1-137-40394-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136136DiVA: diva2:1050804
Available from: 2016-11-30 Created: 2016-11-29 Last updated: 2016-11-30Bibliographically approved

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