Swedish West India Company

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The Swedish West India Company (Swedish: Svenska Västindiska Kompaniet) was a Swedish chartered company which was based in the West Indies.

The charter began in 1637 with the principal aim of establishing trading posts in North America. It is best known for establishing New Sweden in the Delaware region, which operated between 1638 and 1655.

Between 1786 and 1805, the company operated from the Swedish island of Saint-Barthélemy.

The company was a private enterprise with royal monopoly on all Swedish trade via Saint Barthélemy. Three quarters of profits went to the company, one quarter to the Swedish state.

The company was the main operator in the Swedish slave trade.

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