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Colonial goods
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The term colonial goods, which has all but disappeared from contemporary usage, referred from the mid-18th century to long-distance trade goods (Trade, Long-distance ), the trade and production of which were dominated and dictated by European consumption. Commodities that would become known as colonial goods, which included dye, textiles, and recreational stimulants, were initially traded at a premium as luxury goods for the sophisticated demands of an elite. As demand grew and they developed into goods of general and ultimately mass consumption from…

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Pfeisinger, Gerhard, “Colonial goods”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_022414>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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