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Wales, Munster and the English South West
Contrasting articulations with the Atlantic world
in Wales and the British overseas empire
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The fundamental contribution of Wales, Munster and the South West to Britain's Atlantic empire of the late Stuart and Hanoverian era lay in protein and fibre: fish, animal flesh, woollen textiles. Woollen textiles from Wales, by contrast, found a ready market in the Atlantic slave empire. At the end of the middle Ages, the Welsh woollen industry had been concentrated in the small urban centres of the south. Changes in Wales's articulation with the Atlantic world were less clear-cut. Just as the Cattle Acts of the 1660s forced the processing of livestock into new channels, so the Woollen Act pushed Munster textiles into less obtrusive, clandestine routes. If the British Isles are quartered on the map, the south-west quadrant is occupied by the English South West, the province of Munster and Wales.

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Wales and the British overseas empire

Interactions and influences, 1650–1830



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