Merchants in the South China Seas: The Borneo Company Limited and the Anglo-Thai Corporation, c.1870 to 1939
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Although relatively recent acquisitions of the Inchcape Group, the Borneo Company Ltd and the Anglo-Thai Corporation, which operate principally in the areas now known as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, may be seen as having much in common with the Group’s founder companies in India, the Gulf and East Africa. All these businesses played a vital role in the development and expansion of the trade of these regions with the rest of the world. As general merchants and import-export agents, these companies enjoyed a prominent position among other foreign, and local, trading firms in the respective areas. Most remarkable in this context was the monopoly secured by the Borneo Company in the economic exploration of Sarawak, where the firm thrived through its unique relationship with the three generations of the English Brooke family who ruled this ‘colony’ as the locally-appointed Rajahs.
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