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Title: Constructing Early Modern Empires: Proprietary Ventures in the Atlantic World, 1500-1750
Author: Roper, L H B Van Ruymbeke (eds)
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004156760
Volumes: 1; Pages: viii, 428
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The role of proprietorships or 'private' colonies in imperial development has not received the attention it deserves, notwithstanding recent scholarly emphasis on 'state-building'. The continued use of these 'private' devices, even as early modern European nation-states grew more potent, is not only interesting; but is indeed normative though invariably missing from modern studies of empire. This collection provides in-depth analyses of the workings of the proprietorships themselves (rather than proprietary colonies) and in studies ranging from South Carolina to Nieuw Nederland to French West Africa to Brasil, broadens this discussion beyond British North America.