Chartered company

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The arms of the British South Africa Company.

A chartered company is an association formed by investors or shareholders for the purpose of trade, exploration, and colonization.

Notable chartered companies and their years of formation[edit]


English crown charters[edit]

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

British crown charters[edit]




The Netherlands[edit]







  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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium), active in India.
  2. ^ 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.

External links[edit]


  • 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.