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A Nation upon the Ocean SeaPortugal’s Atlantic Diaspora and the Crisis of the Spanish Empire, 1492-1640$
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Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175691

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175691.001.0001

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Ocean, Empire, Nation

Ocean, Empire, Nation

(p.3) Introduction Ocean, Empire, Nation
A Nation upon the Ocean Sea

Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the story of the Portuguese Nation. The history of the Portuguese Nation reveals a community that made the Ocean Sea its home, and the maritime trades its sustenance. The Portuguese mercantile nation did not so much claim sovereignty over the Atlantic as dwell upon it. This book explores the quality of this abiding. It shows how the men and women of the Nation built and maintained a collectivity that conformed to the fluid and wide-ranging nature of their maritime milieu; how they faced the turbulence and passions of the market; and how they harnessed its dynamism.

Keywords:   Portuguese Nation, trading networks, maritime traders, maritime trading nations

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