Creolization and Diaspora in the Portuguese Indies: The Social World of Ayutthaya, 1640-1720

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BRILL, Sep 23, 2011 - History - 456 pages
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This book provides an original study of the sizeable Portuguese community in Ayutthaya, the chief river-state in Siam, during a period of apparent decline (1640-1720). Portuguese populations were displaced from their chief settlements like Melaka and Makassar, and attracted to the river-states of mainland South-East Asia by a protective model of kingship, hopes of international trade and the opportunity to harvest souls. A variety of sources will be used to shed light on the fortunes and make-up of this displaced, mixed-race 'tribe', which was largely independent of the matrices of Portuguese colonial power, and fared poorly alongside other foreign communities in this remarkably open, dynamic environment. Circumstances changed for the better after the National Revolution of 1688, when Portuguese started to fill many of the jobs at court and in commerce previously occupied by Frenchmen and northern Europeans.
 

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Contents

a world of creolization
1
Chapter Two Seventeenth century population movements
13
the flight of
39
Chapter Four From contact to settlement in SouthEast
65
Chapter Five O campo português The Portuguese quarter
93
Chapter Six The development of the presence of the Catholic
129
Chapter Seven Those who occupy the lowest category
175
Chapter Eight Living great after the fashion of
213
Holdings of the collection entitled Rerum
303
Holdings of the collection entitled
310
The papers of the Franciscan Giovan Battista
321
Letter from Fr Luis Fragoso Commissary
334
Oath of Loyalty sworn by the Society
342
News from the Kingdom of Siam A Report
360
Letter written by the City of Macao to
384
Letter sent by the Resident Francisco Telles
398

Chapter Nine Unpublished depictions of Portuguese
235
Chapter Ten All that the French Bishops wish is to
277
Chapter Eleven Conclusion
299

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Stefan Halikowski Smith, Ph.D. (2001) in History and Civilisation, European University Institute, is Lecturer in History at Swansea University. His specialisation is Portuguese overseas expansion in the early modern period, both publishing widely and lecturing on this topic at Brown University, Rhode Island. His most recent edited collection entitled "Portugal ndico: Essays on the history of the Portuguese presence in South Asia" came out as a Special Issue of "Itinerario" in 2007.

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