Dutch Deltas

Emergence, Functions and Structure of the Low Countries’ Maritime Transport System, ca. 1300-1850

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In Dutch Deltas, Werner Scheltjens examines the emergence, functions and structure of the Low Countries’ maritime transport system between ca. 1300 and 1850. Scheltjens introduces the delta as a suitable geographical unit of analysis for understanding the regional economic origins of communities of maritime transporters. The author proves that changes in maritime trade networks and in the structure of regional economies entailed a process of specialisation, which led to the emergence of ‘professional’ maritime transport communities and the development of an integrated maritime transport market with Amsterdam and Rotterdam as its main centres.

Dutch Deltas offers the first comprehensive study of the economic geography of the Low Countries’ maritime transport sector and its long-term development between 1300 and 1850.

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Biographical Note

Werner Scheltjens, Ph.D. (2009), is Assistant Professor at the Chair of Social and Economic History at the University of Leipzig. He has published several peer-reviewed articles on maritime history and is project member at Sound Toll Registers Online.

Review Quotes

'[The book] is a valuable and original complement to the well-known discourse on Dutch involvement in early modern seaborne trade.'
Tijl Vanneste (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), in: Renaissance Quarterly, Volume LXX, No. 2, p. 745-747.

Table of contents

Preface ... vii
List of Illustrations ... x
List of Abbreviations ... xiv

Introduction ... 1
Historiography ... 1
Deltas ... 8
Sources ... 11
Conversion ... 16
Name Matching ... 23

1 Locations ... 27
Overview ... 27
Rise and Fall ... 30
Before 1400 ... 31
1400–1500 ... 35
1500–1600 ... 41
1600–1700 ... 47
1700–1800 ... 58
Conclusions ... 64

2 Functions ... 66
Method ... 66
Transport Market Integration ... 72
The Port System of the Dutch Deltas in a European Context ... 83
Conclusions ... 89

3 Production ... 91
The Production of Grain Transport Services ... 91
The Spatial Structure of Grain Transport Services ... 107
Group 1 ... 112
Group 2 ... 118
Group 3 ... 122
Conclusions ... 129

4 Domiciles ... 131
Domicile Ambiguity ... 131
Virtual Migration ... 139
Conclusions ... 144

5 Usances ... 146

Conclusions ... 162

Appendices ... 169
Appendix to Chapter 1 ... 169
Appendix to Chapter 2 ... 224
Appendix to Chapter 3 ... 240
Appendix to Chapter 4: Domicile Ambiguity Matrix ... 290
Bibliography ... 301
Archives ... 301
Primary Sources ... 301
Secondary Literature ... 303
Index ... 318

Readership

All interested in maritime history and the history of transportation, and anyone concerned with the economic history of the Low Countries in the early modern period.

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