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Mercantilism Mercantilism was a method of trade used by 16th 17th and 18th century Monarchies to increase exports and the amount of imports of precious metals coming in In a country under mercantilist persuasion a country would do all it could to bring in money Treaties were made with countries so that one trading country would have exclusive trading privileges in another country A country would control the production of items how much and how many and then encouraged these items be traded to other countries With goal obviously being profit these countries sought to sell more than they bought The raw materials needed for products were mostly gotten from the inside instead of buying from outside Frequently manufacturing and production would go before practices such as farming or the like Countries that had colonies across oceans or in different places in the continent would by all means use these connections to their advantage and take every dime and quarter they could It became a practice of many parent countries to frequently call in their profits to enhance the banks at home One could compare the Mercantile System to Communism or a Socialist economy Mercantilism was not as extreme as communism in that the concept was not to control a persons life and being but rather focused on the financial wellbeing and wealth It would seem more akin to Socialism even though the people own the means of production instead of individuals for the benefit of the population The king retained the power to grand monopolies on trade or export to certain individuals therefor strengthening his own power over people Many of these wealth seeking countries also sought other things namely more land fertile land so as to extend their trading farther and farther into new worlds such as the Americas The Mercantile practices also had effect on population growth and decline Many people who lived in outward areas of
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