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The Trade of Great Britain.

As bearing on the great question of the federation of the Empire, it is of interest to note the extent of the trade which the United Kingdom does with British possessions. The figures are to be found in tho annual statement of the trade of the United Kingdom which the Custom-houie authorities prepare. For the two years past tho value of the merchandise imported and exported was as under, tho exports including foreign and colonial, b,s well as British produce : mroßTs. 1833. ISS7. From fore'fjn countries ..£300,720,005 £278,425,50 D From British possessions £G.olf-.7J8 83,793,035 Total £387,635.743 £302,227,581 BXrOBTS. To foreign countries .. £208,460,578 £108,727,504 To British possessions .. 01,434,858 82,035,057 Total £207,835,530 £250,703,101 Taking the British possessions separately with which there is business of any importance, wo find that last year trade to tho following extent was done : Imports Exports from to Channel Islands .. .. £927,268 £809,354 Gibraltar .. .. 37,876 704,408 MnltaandGczi .. .. 149,110 930,511 West African Settlements 192,030 314,908 Tho Gold Coast .. .. 017,430 609,072 South Africa .. . 6,039,001 6,409,617 Mauritius .. .. 275 540 288,072 Aden .. .. 287 3013 211.670 Indh _ .. - 80,763,077 33.550.273 Straits Settlement .. 6,351,822 2,742,765 Ceylon .. .. .. 2,532,999 731,742 Hongkong .. .. 1.290.C90 3,003,379 Australasia .. .. 25,865,059 23,590,569 British North America .. 9,208,209 8,092,046 British West India Islands 2,217.470 2,618,162 British Guiana . .. 1.125.401 795,922 British Honduras .. 220,041 120,603 The Falkland Islands, Ascension, St. Helena, tnd a few other minor places not included in this list make up the total set out in the first table. No account is taken in these figures of the movement of specie.

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The Trade of Great Britain., Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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The Trade of Great Britain. Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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