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This webpage reproduces a section of
The Old China Trade

by
Foster Rhea Dulles


published by
The Riverside Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts
1930

The text is in the public domain.

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 p209  Appendix

No complete statistics covering the China trade from 1784 to 1844 are available. In the following table the number of American ships employed at Canton and the quantities of tea exported for the period 1784‑85 to 1803‑04 are taken from William Milburn's Oriental Commerce (London, 1813), and from 1804‑05 to 1819‑20, from estimates of the Senate Finance Committee as reported in House Document 137, nineteenth Congress, first session. There are no figures for American exports and imports for the first of these two periods. For the second, their annual values, as of Canton, are taken from the Senate Finance Committee's report. From 1821 on official figures are available in U. S. Treasury reports giving American exports to China and imports from China. They may be found for almost the entire period (together with the number of the American ships which sailed to the United States from Canton) in House Document 35, twenty-seventh Congress, third session. Various other statistical tables (incomplete) appear in other sources, while an almost similar tabulation may be found in Kenneth Scott Latourette's Voyages of American Ships to China, 1784‑1844, in Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, vol. 28, New Haven, 1927.

 p210  Table of American Trade with China, 1784‑1844

Year

Imports at
Canton from
United States

Exports from
Canton to
United States

Ships
in the
Trade

Tea Exports
to United States

(pounds)

1784‑1785  2 880,100
1785‑1786  1 695,000
1786‑1787  5 1,181,860
1787‑1788  2 750,000
1788‑1789  4 1,188,800
1789‑1790 14 3,093,200
1790‑1791  3 743,100
1791‑1792  3 1,863,200
1792‑1793  6 1,538,400
1793‑1794  7 1,974,130
1794‑1795  7 1,438,270
1795‑1796 10 2,819,600
1796‑1797 13 3,450,400
1797‑1798 10 3,100,400
1798‑1799 13 5,674,000
1799‑1800 18 5,665,067
1800‑1801 23 4,762,866
1801‑1802 31 5,740,734
1802‑1803 20 2,612,436
1803‑1804 13 2,371,600
1804‑1805 $3,555,818 $3,842,000 34 7,679,120
1805‑1806 5,326,358 5,127,000 42 9,830,480
1806‑1807 3,877,362 4,294,000 37 9,402,160
1807‑1808 3,940,090 3,476,000 33 5,654,480
1808‑1809 479,850 808,000  8 1,562,320
1809‑1810 5,744,600 5,715,000 37 9,224,880
1810‑1811 2,898,800 2,973,000 16 2,615,520
1811‑1812 3,132,810 2,771,000 25 3,496,880
1812‑1813 1,453,000 620,000  8 1,436,800
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1813‑1815 451,500 572,000  9 1,469,360
1815‑1816 2,527,500 4,220,000 30 7,723,200
1816‑1817 5,609,600 5,703,000 38 9,391,680
1817‑1818 7,076,828 6,777,000 39 9,701,040
1818‑1819 9,876,208 9,057,000 47 12,035,280
1819‑1820 8,185,800 8,173,000 43 10,519,160
1820‑1821 4,290,560 3,111,951 15 4,973,463
1821‑1822 5,935,368 5,242,536 26 6,636,705
1822‑1823 4,636,061 6,511,425 35 8,208,895
1823‑1824 5,301,171 5,618,502 28 8,919,210
1824‑1825 5,570,515 7,533,115 36 10,178,972
1825‑1826 2,566,644 7,422,186 28 10,072,898
1826‑1827 3,864,405 3,617,183 24 5,868,828
1827‑1828 1,482,802 5,339,108 27 7,689,305
1828‑1829 1,354,862 4,680,847 22 6,595,033
1829‑1830 742,193 3,878,141 23 8,584,799
 p211  1830‑1831 1,290,835 3,083,205 11 5,177,557
1831‑1832 1,580,522 5,344,907 30 9,894,181
1832‑1833 1,433,759 7,541,570 41 14,637,486
1833‑1834 1,010,483 7,892,327 43 16,267,852
1834‑1835 1,868,580 5,987,187 36 14,403,458
1835‑1836 1,194,264 7,324,816 43 16,347,344
1836‑1837 600,591 8,965,337 42 16,942,122
1837‑1838 1,516,602 4,764,536 29 14,411,337
1838‑1839 1,533,601 3,678,509 18 9,296,679
1839‑1840 1,009,966 6,640,829 35
1840‑1841 1,200,816 3,985,388 28
1841‑1842 1,444,397 4,934,645
1842‑1843 2,418,958 4,385,566
1843‑1844 1,756,941 4,931,255

[image ALT: A set of small graphs. In abscissa, years from 1784 to 1841 on the upper chart, and 1804 to 1845 on the lower. In ordinate, pounds from zero to 17,000,000 on the upper, and dollars from zero to 10,000,000 on the lower. These graphs recapitulate the table that precedes them on this webpage.]


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