The Baltic Drug Trade (1650-1850) – Jan Willem Veluwenkamp (RUG)

Monday, May 4th, 16:00, Faculty of Theology, Oude Boteringestraat 38, room 130

The Baltic Drug Trade (1650-1850)

Jan Willem Veluwenkamp, University of Groningen

This paper will analyze the development of the size and the structure of some of the major medicines imported in and exported from the Baltic Sea ports via the Danish Sound between about 1650 and 1850, namely rhubarb and sarsaparilla. Use will be made of Sound Toll Registers Online (STRO: www.soundtoll.nl). The development of commerce in medicines can be an indication of the development of medicine consumption and therefore of health care.

Dr Veluwenkamp is an associate professor of history at the University of Groningen. His specialisation is early modern social and economic history.

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