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Developing Country Export Statistics: 1840, 1860, 1880 and 1900

Below is an Excel file detailing:

  • the total value of exports from selected countries in 1840, 1860, 1880 and 1900
  • the value of exports for each major commodity for thirty developing countries
  • the geographic destination of these exports and
  • the value of exports for selected commodities in 1840, 1860, 1880 and 1900.

Countries covered include Algeria, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, British Guiana, British India, British West Indies, Cape of Good Hope, Ceylon, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dutch East Indies, Ecuador, Egypt, French Indochina, French West Indies, Guatemala, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, San Salvador, Senegal, Siam, Straights Settlements, and Uruguay.

Commodities included are raw cotton, coffee, tea, raw silk, rubber, tin, oilseeds, tobacco leaf, nuts, cocoa, fertilizer, rice, copper, sugar, hides and skins, wheat, silk manufactures, jute, dyes and dyestuffs, hemp, and cotton manufactures.

The data were collected from official statistics by John R. Hanson for his book Trade in Transition: Exports from the Third World, 1840-1900, New York: Academic Press, 1980. Details about the original sources are given in the Excel file.