What was the French East India Company?

Introduction The French East India Company (French: Compagnie française pour le commerce des Indes orientales) was a imperial commercial enterprise, founded on 01 September 1664 to compete with the English (later British) and Dutch trading companies in the East Indies. Planned by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, it was chartered by King Louis XIV for the purpose of… Read More


What was the Imperial British East Africa Company?

Introduction The Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEACO) was a commercial association founded to develop African trade in the areas controlled by the British Empire (refer to Chartered Company). The company was incorporated in London on 18 April 1888, and granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria on 06 September 1888. It was led by… Read More

What was the (British) East India Company?

Introduction The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), East India Trading Company (EITC), the English East India Company or (after 1707) the British East India Company, and informally known as John Company, Company Bahadur, or simply The Company was an English and later British joint-stock company founded in… Read More

What is a Chartered Company?

Introduction A chartered company is an association with investors or shareholders that is incorporated and granted rights (often exclusive rights) by royal charter (or similar instrument of government) for the purpose of trade, exploration, and/or colonisation. Notable Chartered Companies Austrian: 1719 Imperial Privileged Oriental Company. 1722 Ostend Company. 1775 Austrian East India Company. British: 1711… Read More