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„Тъпчилеща син“ – опит за създаване на търговска кантора в Лондон през 1873 г.
“Tapchileshta Son” – an Attempt for the Creation of a Trading Outpost in London in 1873

Author(s): Evgenia Davidova
Subject(s): History, Economic history, Social history, Modern Age, Special Historiographies:, 19th Century, The Ottoman Empire
Published by: Институт за исторически изследвания - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: In the notice the story of the attempt for the creation of a Bulgarian trading outpost in England – London in 1873 is followed. The initiator for that attempt was the rich merchant from Kalofer Hristo P. Tapchileshtov, who by the end of his successful career of 50 years decided to create a branch of his financial firm abroad. He possessed not only the necessary capital for the initiative, but also a well prepared specialist – his youngest son Petko, who had studied in a trade academy in London. The longtime clerk at the firm of the merchants – the brothers Karaminkovi – Georgy Gruev was attracted as a partner. Despite of the serious preparations; the signing of a contract and the establishing of a firm and getting in touch with some Greek merchants, the trading office was not opened. There were various reasons for that. Probably the consequences of the overproduction in 1873 reflected over the intentions of Tapchleshtov. The attempt for reaching the markets outside the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire was made within the context of many other initiatives of the enterprising Bulgarian merchants in the 60s and 70s of the XIX century. Some parallels were made with the trading house of Evstati Geshov in Manchester, with the attempt to set up another trading house in England in 1864 inspired by the Constantinople based Bulgarians and with some steps taken by Evlogi Georgiev in 1872 and 1873. Compared with some Greek trading houses in Europe, the Bulgarian merchants emerged few decades too late. However the fact that they tried to reach the international markets shows that they did not deviate from the successful models for long distance trading. Although eventually unsuccessful, the Bulgarian bulk trader attempted to widen the economic potential of the Bulgarians in the XIX century.

  • Issue Year: 1996
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 70-79
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian