The Levant merchants in the middle decades of the eighteenth century were a small group of rich men. In a typical year, 1731, forty-two people imported goods from the Levant, but this number includes executors of dead merchants, ships’ masters, and several individuals who were really trading in company with their brothers or fathers. There were in fact only about thirty genuine trading partnerships or individual traders. Many of these traded on a very considerable scale, but five firms or family groups were responsible for nearly half the silk imports from Aleppo in the years 1731–6, and for a rather larger share of other imports from the Levant.
KeywordsEighteenth Century Levant Factor Individual Trader Considerable Scale Middle Decade
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- 1.(G. Ambrose, ‘The Levant Company, 1640–1753’, unpublished Oxford M. Litt. thesis, 1935, p. 45).Google Scholar