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Tue, 10.31.1786

The Swedish West India Company is Formed

Company Document

*The Swedish West India Company is affirmed on this date in 1786.  This was a Swedish chartered company that was based in the West Indies. It was the main operator in the Swedish slave trade during the Middle Passage. Between 1786 and 1805, the company operated from the Swedish island of Saint-Barthélemy.

The company was a private enterprise with a royal monopoly on all Swedish trade via Saint Barthélemy. Three-quarters of profits went to the company and one-quarter to the Swedish state.

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