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To be Waterproof or to be soaked: importance of packing in British textile exports to distant markets: The cases of Chile and the River Plate, c.1810-1859


  • Llorca-Jaña, Manuel


The literature on Anglo-South American trade during the first half of the 19 th century has taken British exports for granted. There are no specific considerations of textile exports, which were the backbone of British trade to the continent. Accordingly, when explaining the growth of British exports, historians have paid tribute solely to economic developments in South America. Important developments taking place in Britain have long been neglected. This paper provides the first account of the impact that improvements in the packing of textiles to protect against seawater damages had on British exports to distant markets, focusing on the particular markets of Chile and the River Plate c .1810-1859.

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  • Llorca-Jaña, Manuel, 2011. "To be Waterproof or to be soaked: importance of packing in British textile exports to distant markets: The cases of Chile and the River Plate, c.1810-1859," Revista de Historia Económica, Cambridge University Press, vol. 29(01), pages 11-37, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:reveco:v:29:y:2011:i:01:p:11-37_00

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