This is the first work on British textile exports to South America
during the nineteenth century. During this period, textiles ranked
among the most important manufactures traded in the world market
and Britain was the foremost producer. Thanks to new data, this
book demonstrates that British exports to South America were
transacted at very high rates during the first decades after
independence. This development was due to improvements in the
packing of textiles; decreasing costs of production and
introduction of free trade in Britain; falling ocean freight rates,
marine insurance and import duties in South America; dramatic
improvements in communications; and the introduction of better port
facilities. Manuel Llorca-Jana explores the marketing chain of
textile exports to South America and sheds light on South
Americans' consumer behaviour. This book contains the most
comprehensive database on Anglo-South American trade during the
nineteenth century and fills an important gap in the
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