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Articles et Conditions sur lesquelles les Marchands Negotians du royaume supplient tres-humblement le Roy de leur accorder sa declaration, & les graces y contenues pour l'etablissement d'une Compagnie pour le Commerce des Indes Orientales
Paris: 1664. Quarto. (Moderate soiling to title). Half green morocco over marbled paper-covered boards. A work of primary importance to French commerce and navigation outside of Europe. These are the articles of establishment for the Compagnie des Indes Orientales, which was founded to compete commercially with the British and Dutch East India Companies. Established in 1664, the Compagnie des Indes Orientales held a fifty-year monopoly on French trade in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. After early success, and gaining a foothold in the area, in the end, it was unable to maintain itself financially and was absorbed by the state in 1770. France was slow to develop overseas commerce and establish colonies compared to other European powers, but after Louis XIV reached his majority and assumed full control of his government in 1661 he began a program of aggressive expansion, establishing sugar colonies in the West Indies and challenging the Dutch and Portuguese trading interests in the East Indies - a move made offical by the establishment of this company as a state monopoly. Kress 1123.
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