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A Global History of Free Ports
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The Global History of Free Ports
Sources made available for understanding the history of free ports
What is a free port?
A basic question, but not an easy one
To what period in history do free ports belong?
When did it begin and are they still there?
Where did free ports emerge?
And how did they spread?
What does the historiography on free ports look like?
And how to bring it together
How were free ports portrayed?
What actors were involved in the life of the free port?
And how did these places fit together?
Sources, studies, maps and images
Free Ports of the World
Francesca Trampus, 1999, Edizioni Università di Trieste
Commerce in Disguise: War and Trade in the Caribbean Free Port of Gustavia, 1793–1815
Victor Wilson, 2016, Åbo Akademi University Press
A data-base on shipping and maritime trade
Adam Smith on free ports
In the Wealth of Nations, 1776
Nuovo Prospetto delle scienze economiche
Melchiorre Gioja, 1816
A historical account of St. Thomas
John P. Knox, 1852
Journal of a lady of quality; 1774 to 1776
Janet Schaw, 1923, Yale University Press
Considerations on the advantage of free ports
Robert Peckham, 1791
Proposals: Made by the Prince of Oranje
For Redressing and Amending the Trade of the Republick, 1751
Reminiscences of a 46 years' residence in the island of St. Thomas
Johann Peter Nissen, 1838
A Letter to a Friend on Commerce and Free Ports, and London-docks
William Vaughan, 1796
A brief and necessary Discovery of some of the benefits of Free Ports
Our Side of the Water: Political Culture in the Swedish colony of St Barthélemy 1800–1825
Ale Pålsson, Stockholm University, 2016