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Title: Developments in trade and marine transport facilities in the northeast of Scotland 1600-1914 : a study in historical geography
Author: Moore, Kathryn L.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1998
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As early as the Middle Ages, maritime trade played an important part in the economy of the northeast of Scotland. Trading links existed with other ports along the east coast of Scotland, with northern Europe and the Baltic. Aberdeen was already the most important burgh of the region and was recognised as one of the four most important towns in the country. As the economy of the region expanded and developed in the centuries which followed, the importance of marine transport grew as did the role played by Aberdeen within the northeast of Scotland. The importance of marine transport in earlier centuries lay in the fact that it was usually the simplest and most economical means of transporting goods at a time when overland communication was poor and expensive. Many burghs grew up (or were established) at suitable coastal locations in order to take advantage of this facility. The control of maritime trade lay in the hands of the merchants of the various burghs although a network of merchants and chapmen was also to be found inland. As the economy of the region expanded from the 17th century onwards, the merchants in the coastal burghs had the financial resources and expertise to play a major part both in industrial development and in the establishment of new trading links to a wide range of countries. Nevertheless, the coastal trade along the east coast of Britain came to dominate the shipping industry of the northeast, and overseas trade became increasingly concentrated at the major harbours. The expansion of the shipping industry required new financial investment in harbour facilities although the considerable sums involved meant that any major developments took place only at the larger burghs. The shipbuilding industry also expanded, and much effort went into making sea transport safer.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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