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A Brief History of EntrepreneurshipThe Pioneers, Profiteers, and Racketeers Who Shaped Our World$
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Joe Carlen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173049

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173049.001.0001

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Western Europe and a “New World” of Profit

Western Europe and a “New World” of Profit

(p.116) 6 Western Europe and a “New World” of Profit
A Brief History of Entrepreneurship

Joe Carlen

Columbia University Press

The extraordinary impact of the heyday of European colonialism (16th to 19th centuries) is unquestionable: Of the four continents that were relatively unknown to the West prior to colonialism, three—Australia, North America, and South America—were entirely transformed in the image of their colonizers. As this chapter demonstrates, not only were European entrepreneurs the primary beneficiaries of colonialism but, in many vital respects, their countries’ settlement of “new” territories would not have been possible without entrepreneurial labor and capital.

Keywords:   Spain, Portugal, France, Britain, Holland, Colonialism

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