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You are introduced to Frederick Tudor – “The Ice King”. He built a business shipping ice around the world during the first half of the 19th century. In the early days people wouldn’t believe that ice could be shipped and he had great difficulty obtaining exclusive licences for his chosen territories – initially in the West Indies.

However the profits were enough to encourage reinvestment and gradually he overcame the doubters and the logistics.

This paragraph shows just how the volume grew

The growth of the trade can be seen from the fact that in 1806, 130 tons were exported; in 1826, 4,000 tons; and, in 1856, the figure had risen to the phenomenal height of 146,000 tons. The jump in tonnage during the ten years between 1846 and 1856 had been 81,000 tons. Tudor never could have handled such a volume alone – competition must, to a great degree, have accounted for the rise.

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