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Dutch domination of the carry trade was as important as the importation of high-value goods by the East India company.  It was the carry trade that allowed them to cheaply import the ship building materials from, e.g., Sweden, that allowed them to build the ships they required to keep the system chugging along.

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by ATinNM on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:55:58 PM EST
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