Competition or collaboration? Importers of salt, the East India Company, and the salt market in Eastern India, c. 1780-1836

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S. G. Palmer, Assistant Secretary to the Bengal Board of Customs, Salt and Opium, stated with puzzlement on 27 April 1834: The state of the salt market [in Bengal and Bihar] for some time past has been so difficult to understand… . The price in the mofussil [up-country], by the last returns, is hardly remunerating, although salt has sold at the public sales lower than it has sold for many years; yet how is this to be accounted for? … we see that … they [prices] are really rather lower than ordinary; a fact only to be accounted for by supposing that these markets are illicitly supplied. 1 Why was the government of the English East India Company (hereafter the Company) concerned with the price of salt and perplexed by the state of the market?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemory, Identity and the Colonial Encounter in India
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Peter Robb
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages249-275
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781351596954
ISBN (Print)9781138237056
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

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Kanda, S. (2017). Competition or collaboration? Importers of salt, the East India Company, and the salt market in Eastern India, c. 1780-1836. In Memory, Identity and the Colonial Encounter in India: Essays in Honour of Peter Robb (pp. 249-275). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315104058