Colonies, Companies, Counts, and King: Money and Nobility Between the King and his Colonies

Virtual research seminar to discuss economic and financial aspects of monarchical rule.

Danish imperialism was mainly enacted through trading companies in the first half of the eighteenth century. These companies were granted royal charter and were based on investments from shareholders, often from the Danish/German nobility and wealthy merchants. The present paper looks at the point in the second half of the eighteenth century where the settlements (in the Danish West Indies, in Greenland, and Tranquebar) were transferred from company to crown and attempts to clarify what this meant for the money involved.