Portuguese Trade in Asia Under the Habsburgs, 1580–1640

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JHU Press, Dec 12, 2007 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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This fascinating history reassesses the consequences of Portugal's flourishing private trade with Asia, including increased tensions between the growing urban merchant class and the still-dominant landed aristocracy. James C. Boyajian shows how Portuguese-Asian commerce formed part of a global trading network that linked not only Europe and Asia but also—for the first time—Asia, West Africa, Brazil, and Spanish America. He also argues that, contrary to previous scholarly opinion, nearly half of the Portuguese-Asian trade was controlled by New Christians—descendants of Iberian Jews forcibly converted to Christianity in the 1490s.

  

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Contents

The Prudent King as MerchantKing 15801598
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Chapter 2
29
Chapter 3
53
Chapter 4
86
Chapter 5
106
Chapter 7
146
Chapter 8
166
War and Experimentation with the Cape Monopoly 16201640
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Chapter 10
202
New Pressures New Alternatives
220
Portugals Asian Enterprise in 1640
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Some Manifests of Carreira Shipping ca 15801640
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Investors in the Carreira da India 15801640
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Glossary
319
Bibliography
327
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James C. Boyajian is the author of Portuguese Bankers at the Court of Spain, 1626–1650.

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