The English and Irish Wool Trade and the Export Ban
By the end of the sixteenth century England’s transition from raw wool exporter to cloth exporter had been virtually completed. Inevitably, this change in the nature of English exports increased the dependence of the native wool grower upon the home manufacturer and brought a great and growing government concern for the welfare of the wool-textile industry. In 1614 the export of wool was prohibited,1 but long before this English government policy had been directed towards the subordination of the wool growing and merchanting interests to those of the increasingly important manufacturing class.
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Foreign Competition Custom Officer Woollen Yarn Privy Council
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