A chartered company is an association with investors or shareholders that is incorporated and granted rights (often exclusive rights) by royal charter (or similar instrument of government) for the purpose of trade, exploration, and/or colonization.[1]

Notable chartered companies (with years of formation)



The article Chartered Companies in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, by William Bartleet Duffield, contains a detailed narrative description of the development of some of the companies in England and, later, Britain.[2]











See also: Casa de Contratación


From 3 August 1889 to 15 May 1893 Filonardi was the first Governor of Italian Somaliland and was in charge of an Italian company responsible for the administration of the Benadir territory, called Societa' Filonardi.

Zionist Aspiration

Theodor Herzl, the founder of Political Zionism, aspired to create a "Jewish Charter Company", modeled on the above European precedents, which would lease Palestine from the Ottoman Empire and exercise there a de facto sovereign power - a plan described in great detail in Herzl's books Der Judenstaat and Altneuland. In practice Herzl and his successors never managed to mobilize the political and financial backing needed for setting up such a company, and the Zionist Movement eventually established the State of Israel by different means.


See also


  1. ^ The Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium), active in India.
  2. ^ The original West India Company collapsed in 1674, and the New West India Company took its place in 1675 and persisted until 1792.
  3. ^ Merger of the Turkey Company and the Venice Company.
  4. ^ Became the largest colonial empire in the 19th century.
  5. ^ Governed Danish India from Trankebar.
  6. ^ Created in connection with the Swedish colony New Sweden (Nya Sverige); absorbed by the Dutch; presently in Delaware.
  7. ^ On the short-lived Swedish Gold Coast.
  8. ^ Created in connection with the colonisation of Saint Barthélemy.
  9. ^ A failed attempt to organise Swedish trade in the eastern Mediterranean region.


  1. ^ Tony Webster (25 May 2015). "British and Dutch Chartered Companies". Oxford Bibliographics. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ Duffield, William Bartleet (1911). "Chartered Companies" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 950–952.
  3. ^ a b Björn Hallerdt (1994). Sankt Eriks årsbok 1994: Yppighet och armod i 1700-talets Stockholm (in Swedish). Stockholm: Samfundet S:t Erik. pp. 9–10. ISBN 91-972165-0-X.