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The following table shows the exports from the Netherlands to her East Indian colonies and to the entire world at intervals from 1884 to 1899. It will be seen that the total exports have increased more rapidly than those to her colonies, the increase in exports to all countries being about 85 per cent in the period under consideration, and those to the colonies about 58 per cent:
A recent London letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer has the following:
"It will amaze a very large number of the mercantile public, even though they be well posted in trade statistics, to learn what an enormously valuable asset in England's trade is the colonial business. A leading journal that battles strongly for British trade, and which is kept busy in pointing out to British traders what their American and German rivals are doing to best them in the race for commercial supremacy, says that it must again call attention to the great subject of union with the colonies.
"We advert to it once again,' writes the editor, “because we think the present a favorable opportunity to take a long step forward. Interested in the question in its commercial aspect chiefly there seems to us two reasons, overpowering in their nature, why policy no less than patriotism demands the closest possible combination among the peoples of the Empire. In the first place the colonies, taken as a whole, occupy the second place among the traders of the world. Without going into detail, confining ourselves to the chief participants in the traffic, and assuming for the present that the total of their interchanges may be represented by round numbers, say 2,000, the shares of the several holders stand thus:
Great Britain and Ireland
594 407 354 348 297
“'In these circumstances can anyone entertain a doubt where lies the chief interest of England as a mercantile community? The merest exigencies of trade call upon us to cultivate by all means the closest relations with the Empire over sea. High as is the position they have now attained, we should not forget that the British colonies are that portion of the world which is developing most rapidly in all things that make for national greatness, and that their resources, far from being exhausted, are but beginning to be exploited. Is it not patent that, if we had shown one-half the zeal in gaining the affections of the colonies and binding them to us that we have lavished on France, the United States, and Germany during the last thirty years, the Empire, vast as it is, would be to-day immeasurably richer, immeasurably more powerful?
““The colonies, I may add, most certainly are England's best customers, as is shown in Mr. Mulhall's paper on British trade in the March Contemporary. Take some figures for the last decade, 1889–1898. England's aggregate interchanges, export and import, with great industrial communities, were as follows: The British colonies
£1,788,000,000 The United States
1, 399,000,000 Germany.
824, 000, 000 France.
4,693, 000, 000 “Thus England's colonial trade shows an excess of £389,000,000 over her United States trade, an excess of £924,000,000 over that with Germany, and of £1,106,000,000 over the French trade in the space of ten years. The contrast is still more striking if one divides the aggregates according to exports and imports. It is well known how England's sales to European nations dwindle year by year under the operation of hostile and commercial restrictions. Take the United States for the period under review. Her account gives the following result: Purchases from the United States
£1,019,000,000 Sales to the United States
380,000,000 Total ....
1,399,000,000 “The reports for the British colonies indicate much more equal conditions of trading and a freer access to their markets: Purchases from the colonies
£949,000,000 Sales to the colonies
1, 788,000,000 «'It will be seen by the above statement that the United Kingdom finds her colonies by far her largest customer.'"
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COMPARISON OF ENGLAND'S COMMERCE WITH HER COLONIES AND WITH OTHER COUNTRIES.
But there is another standpoint from which to examine the question of the commerce between the mother country and the colony, and eqally important with that which considers only the relative growth of the colonial and foreign commerce of the country. Th3 question is not only how much market the mother country finds in the colony, or how much material she draws from it to meet her recurring requirements, but also how little she would sell to it or buy from it if the territory were under control of some other country or were an independent country. For it goes without saying that this would be true in one sense or another; that all inhabited territory, if not a colony of a given country, would be either a colony of some other country or an independent nation.
WILAT TIE COMMERCE WOULD LIVE BEEN HAD NOT TIIE COLONIAL RELATIONSILIP EXISTED.
It is important, therefore, to measure not only the commerce of the mother country with the colony, but to determine what it would have been without the colonial relationship and the gain by reason of the colonial relationship.
To determine this we must know the share which the mother country supplies of the commerce of the colony and the share which it supplies of the commerce of the other countries of the world; and if it supplies a larger proportion of the commerce of the colony than of the independent countries of the world or their colonies, it may be assumed that the mother country is the gainer commercially by about the difference between the two. If, for example, Great Britain supplies one-fifth of the imports of the independent countries of the world, and at the same time supplies two-fifths of the imports of her own colonies, it is reasonable to assume at least a part of the large share supplied in the imports of the colonies is gained by reason of the colonial relationship, and by determining the total value of the colonial imports from the mother country it is practicable to approximately determine what amount is drawn from the mother country because of the colonial relationship. The table which follows shows the total exports of each of the three countries having important colonial possessions—the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands--and the proportion of those exports sent to the colonies and to the foreign world. These figures relate to the year 1897 only, but for general purposes of comparison and study are of equal value with those of earlier or later years.
EXPORTS OF TIE Principal Colonizing COUNTRIES AND THE SHARE WHICII THEY FORMED OF THE IMPORTS OF THE COLONIES AND OT
FOREIGN COUNTRIES, RESPECTIVELY.
The table which immediately follows shows the total imports of the colonies and the share drawn respectively from the mother country and from the foreign world.
IMPORTS OF COLONIES AND SHARE TAKEN FROM THE MOTHER COUNTRY AND FROM THE FOREIGN WORLD, RESPECTIVELY.
Still another table shows the total imports and exports of the United Kingdom from 1870 to 1900, inclusive, and the amount imported from and exported to her colonies during the same period.
IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM FROM 1870 to 1900 AND THE AMOUNT DRAWN FROM OR SENT TO HER COLONIES.
1870. 1871. 1872. 1873. 1874. 1875. 1876. 1877. 1878. 1979. 1880. 1881. 1892 1883. 1881. 189). 1886. 1887. 1888. 1589. 1990. 1891. 1892. 1893. 1891. 1895. 1996. 1897 1898. 1899. 1900.
Dollars. 315, 106, 938 3.51,951,010 386, 267,989 394,235,759 399, 8-15, 4.56 410, 819, 255 410, 401, 481 435, 814,531 373, 810, 859 351, 174,348 450,242, 765 41.), 477, 705 483, SSO, 460 480, 233, 514 166, 273, 531 410, 741, 031 398, 189, 695 407, 806, 203 422, 975, 439 473, 315, 335 467.968,548 481,043, 050 475, 779, 718 446,596,048 457, 023, 556 461, 897, 767 453, 596, 875 457,513, 137 483, 895, 391 519, SS1, 764 533,030, 835
Dollars. 269, 561,917 270,389, 037 319, 287, 259 316, 210, 316 379, 149, 151 373,011, 611 311,384, 135 368, 617,838 350, 352, 514 323,605, 917 390i, 753, 915 421, 31, 621 419,361,013 439,933, 016 429,729, 630 416,031, 710 400, 184, 316 400, 367, 265 416,393,791 442,053, SS6 459,993, 595 451,329,056 39.7, 215,964 382, 425, 688 392, 138, 613 370, 207, 123 411, 148 230 423, 212, 102 438,523, 897 458, 065, 659 496,500,059
GREAT BRITAIN OBTAINS A MUCII LARGER SHARE OF TIIE COMMERCE OF HER COLONIES TIIAN SHE DOES OF THAT OF FOREIGN COUNTRIR.
A study of the three preceding tables presents some interesting and striking facts with reference to the relative share which the great colonizing countries supply of the imports of their colonies and of those parts of the world which do not bear colonial relationship to them. The total exports of the United Kingdom in the year in question (1897) were $1,431,598,345 in value, and of that sum 29.56 per cent went to her colonies and 70.44 per cent to the foreign world. The exports to the colonies alone were $123,212, 102, and these formed 34.8 per cent of the imports of the colonies. IIer exports to the foreign world were $1,008,386,243, and they formed 13.04 per cent of the imports of the foreign world or of the independent countries of the world and their colonies as distinguished from the colonies of the mother country. Thus the United Kingdom in 1897 supplied 31.8 per cent of the imports of the colonies and only 13.04 per cent of the imports of the foreign world, and it seems reasonable to assume that the difference in favor of her sales to the colonies was in a considerable degree due to the colonial relationship. The imports of the colonies in the year in question were $1,216,284,637, and the 34.8 per cent which they took from the mother country amounted to $123,212, 102. Had they taken from the United Kingdom only the percentage which the foreign countries took from her-viz, 13.04 per cent—the total value of their imports from the United Kingdom in that year would have been $158,603,517 instead of the $123,212,102 which they actually did take from her. It is scarcely proper to assume that the entire difference is due to the existence or nonexistence of the colonial relationship, since the proportion of its purchases which the importing country takes from another will depend, in some degree, upon whether the other country has for sale the particular class of goods which it requires. Thus the small percentage which the United Kingdom supplies of the imports of European countries is chiefly due to the fact that they require food stuffs and raw materials, while the principal surplus of the United Kingdom is in manufactures. Yet it seems reasonable to assume that a considerable share of the difference in favor of the United Kingdom in the percentage of imports taken from her by the colonies and foreign countries, respectively, is due to the colonial relationship, and that her sales to the territory which she now controls are very much greater than they would be if it were controlled by other manufacturing and exporting nations.
ENORMOUS COMMERCIAL GAINS THROUGH COLONIAL CONTROL.
The table last presented shows the total exports of the United Kingdom and the exports to the colonies in each year from 1870 to 1900. The total of the exports from the United Kingdom to the colonies in the period covered by the table is $12,287,024,474. It has been shown in the preceding paragraph that had Great Britain's exports to her colonies in 1897 formed only the same percentage of their imports which British exports formed of the imports of the independent countries the total would have been $158,603,517, instead of $423,312, 102. This $158,603,517 forms 37.5 per cent of that which she actually did obtain under the colonial relationship. Applying this percentage (37.5) to the grand total of British exports to her colonies from 1870 to 1900, inclusive ($12,287,024,474), and it will be seen that, had they been independent territory or territory controlled by another nation, her sales to them would have been (accepting this basis of calculation) only $4,607,634,178 instead of $12,287,024,474.
An examination of the imports of the French, Dutch, German, Belgian, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies shows that the percentage of their imports which they take from the United Kingdom is extremely small, and fully justifies the assertion that a very large proportion of the sales of the United Kingdom to her colonies is due to the colonial relation, and that it would have been but a small percentage of its present enormous total had the territory which she now controls become the possessions or colonies of some other manufacturing and exporting nation.
FRANCE GAINS COMMERCIALLY IN HER COLONIAL TERRITORY.
A similar calculation with reference to the other countries having colonies gives equally interesting and important results. France, in 1897, supplied to her colonies 22.5 per cent of their total imports, while to the other countries of the world she supplied but 9.3 per cent of their imports. The Netherlands furnished to its colonies 31.7 per cent of their imports, and the other parts of the world about 6 per cent of their imports.
IMPORTS FROM THE COLONIES ALSO LARGE AND BENEFICIAL TO COLONY AND MOTHER COUNTRY. Turning to the other and equally important side of the commercial relationship between the mother country and the colonies, namely, the purchases in and imports from the colonies, the figures are equally interesting and striking. The total imports of the United Kingdom from 1870 to 1900, as shown in the accompanying table, were $60,457,037,416, and of this sum $13,555,620,074 was taken from her colonies. Thus while the United Kingdom has found a market in the colonies largely in excess of what she would have sold had not the colonial relationship existed, she has, during that time, expended in the colonies more than thirteen billions of dollars in the purchase of their commodities, and in doing so has added not alone to the prosperity of the producing population of the colonies, but incidentally to that of her own citizens, who, according to Sir Charles Dilke, have not less than four billions of dollars' worth of investments in the colonies.
THE COLONIAL MARKET IS MORE RELIABLE AND PERMANENT, ESPECIALLY FOR MANUFACTURES AND THE PRODUCTS OF LABOR.
But the magnitude of the total purchases of the colonies from the mother country in a given year, or the share which they took of her total exports in that year, is not the only question to be considered. It is equally important to know whether the market which the colonies offer is more reliable and permanent than that offered by foreign countries. In this age of sharp commercial rivalry, when all of the great manufacturing nations are bending every energy to the capture and retention of markets wherever they can be found, it is important to determine whether the closer relationship which naturally exists between the mercantile communities of the colony and the mother country has a perceptible effect in retaining that field for the governing country against the rivalries of the competing countries. This inquiry is especially important with reference to manufactures. The natural requirements of the densely populated sections of the world assures a continuance of the demand for the great natural products, such as breadstuffs, provisions, cotton, coal, iron, and wood. But in manufactures, in which labor forms so large a share of the value, and in which competition is the greatest, it is especially important to have steady and reliable markets.
It is interesting, therefore, to examine the exportation of manufactures from the United Kingdom to her colonies and to foreign countries, respectively, at certain periods sufficiently distant from each other to determine the relative growth in each of these fields. To facilitate this study a series of tables was prepared by Dr. J. Forbes Watson, director of the Indian Museum, London, in 1878, showing what share the British colonies took of the total exportation of certain leading British. manufactures in 1869 and 1876, respectively; and for the purpose of making the study more complete and applying it to the present time, the figures have been extended to include the year 1900.
The first of these tables includes seven classes of articles of personal use and attire, exported from the United Kingdom in 1869, 1876, and 1900, the export value amounting in 1869 to a little over $45,000,000, and in 1900 to about $55,000,000. It will be seen from an examination of the table that in every article the colonies took a larger percentage of the total exports in 1900 than in 1869, and the foreign countries thus a less percentage, and that while the exports increased over 15 per cent during the period, the colonies in 1900 took 82.5 per cent of the increased total, against only 63.5 per cent in 1869, foreign countries taking in 1869 36.5 per cent, and in 1900 only 17.5 per cent.
PROPORTION EXPORTED TO THE BRITIBH POSSESSIONS IN 1869, 1876, 1900.
Apparel and slops
Total articles of personal use and attire.
pounds sterling.. 9,500,000 10, 800,000 Value exported to British possessions
11,000,000 6,000,000 8,500,000 9, 100,000
--Another table includes 19 articles of domestic consumption, largely manufactures, of which the British exports in 1869 aggregated about $55,000,000, and in 1900 about $85,000,000. Of these it will be seen that the colonies took 52.7 per cent in 1869 and 63.6 per cent of the increased total in 1900, foreign countries taking 47.3 per cent in 1869 and only 36.4 per cent in 1900.
PROPORTION OF Total VALUE EXPORTED TO THE BRITISH PosSESSIONS IN 1869 AND 1900.
Arerages for the articies of domestic consumption...
..pounds sterling.. Value exported to the British possessions
53.5 69.0 69.1 47.4 72.8 54.1 52.1 55.4 92.3 57.0 76.7 59.5 88.4 81.0 44.5 57.1 67.7 68.7 28.3
51.0 64.4 68.4 75,7 09.1 63. 2 67.7 65,1 61.0 62.0 90.3 53.6 71.9 65.4 C0.6 65.8 46.2 67.7 48.7
30, 729 822, 269
974, 458 2,363, 430 1,760, 552
939, 510 1, 262, 685
398, 138 1,033, 605
98, 868 636, 629
200, 142 1, 294, 131 1,468, 816
405, 033 522, 461
477, 423 2, 139, 738
52.7 11,300,000 6,000,000
63.5 17,000,000 10, 800,000
RELATIVE GROWTH OF EXPORTS OF MANUFACTURES TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND COLONIES.
The next table is extremely suggestive to the manufacturing country. It shows the total value of the exportations of the articles mentioned in the above tables in 1869 and 1900, the value sent to foreign countries and to the colonies, respectively, and the percentage of increase or decrease in each case. It will be seen that of apparel and slops, the exports to foreign countries increased 7 per cent, and that to colonies 168.4 per cent; of haberdashery and millinery, the exports to foreign countries decreased 85.9 per cent, and those to the colonies 52.9 per cent; that of the seven classes of articles for personal use mentioned in the first table, the exports to foreign countries decreased 47.2 per cent, while those to the colonies increased 35.5 per cent. Of the exports of hardware and cutlery, the exports to foreign countries show a decrease of 56.9 per cent, and to the colonies an increase of 2.4 per cent; while taking the entire nineteen classes of articles included in the second table, their total shows an increase of 16.5 per cent to foreign countries and 86.2 per cent increase to the colonies. Taking the total of the two tables, which include seven classes of articles for personal use and nineteen classes for domestic consumption, and aggregating over $100,000,000 in value in 1869 and nearly $140,000,000 in 1900, the exports to foreign countries show a DECREASE of 9.5 per cent from 1869 to 1900, while those to the colonies show an INCREASE of 59 per cent.
The next table shows the total exportation of cotton manufactures (exclusive of yarns) in 1869 and 1900, and the value to the colonies and to foreign countries, respectively, in each year. It will be seen that in piece goods the exportation to foreign countries shows a decrease of 27.1 per cent, while that to the colonies shows an increase of 38.2 per cent. In the statement of total exports of cotton goods, valued at over $300,000,000, in 1900, the exports to foreign countries show a DECREASE of 5 per cent, and to the British colonies an INCREASE of 69.1 per cent in the period from 1869 to 1900.
The next table shows the value of certain classes of partly manufactured and wholly manufactured articles exported from the United Kingdom in 1876 and 1900, respectively, and the share sent to the colonies in each year, the purpose being to determine the relative value of the colonial market for partly manufactured or wholly manufactured goods. It will be seen that while the colonies took 14 per cent of the partly manufactured articles exported in each of the years named, they increased their percentage of the wholly manufactured articles from 36.8 per cent in 1876 to 43.3 per cent in 1900.
EXPORTS IN 1876 TO
EXPORTS IN 1900 TO
Proportion exported to British possessions.
Proportion exported to British possessions.
22. 2 42.8
1,719, 130 26,552, 836
124, 725 5,576, 614
0.3 23. 4
5,998, 624 10, 105, 540
Manufactures Woolen industry:
Yarn (woolen, worsted, and alpaca)
Manufactures. Iron industry:
Pig, puddled, and old iron ..
Manufactured iron of all kinds.
Steel, wrought and unwrought
290, 208 9,870, 768
21, 948, 326