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Chartered company

The arms of the British South Africa Company.

A chartered company is an association with investors or shareholders and incorporated and granted (often exclusive) rights by royal charter (or similar instrument of government) for the purpose of trade, exploration, and colonization, many times the companies were illegal.[1]

Notable chartered companies and their years of formationEdit


English crown chartersEdit

The British East India Company's headquarters in London.
1/8 share certificate of the Stora Kopparberg mine, dated 16 June 1288.

British crown chartersEdit




The NetherlandsEdit






See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Became the largest colonial empire in the 19th century.
  2. ^ Merger of the Turkey company and Venice Company.
  3. ^ Governed Danish India from Trankebar.
  4. ^ Created in connection with the Swedish colony New Sweden (Nya Sverige); absorbed by the Dutch; presently in Delaware.
  5. ^ On the short-lived Swedish Gold Coast.
  6. ^ Created in connection with the colonisation of Saint Barthélemy.
  7. ^ A failed attempt to organise Swedish trade in the eastern Mediterranean region.


  1. ^ Tony Webster (25 May 2015). "British and Dutch Chartered Companies". Oxford Bibliographics. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ The Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium), active in India.
  3. ^ a b Björn Hallerdt (1994). Sankt Eriks årsbok 1994: Yppighet och armod i 1700-talets Stockholm (in Swedish). Stockholm: Samfundet S:t Erik. pp. 9–10. ISBN 91-972165-0-X.


  • Ferguson, Niall (2003). Empire—How Britain Made the Modern World. London, United Kingdom: Allan Lane.
  • Micklethwait, John; Wooldridge, Adrian (2003). The company: A short history of a revolutionary idea. New York: Modern Library.
  • Ross, R. (1999). A Concise History of South Africa. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

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