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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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Settling Upon the Seas: A Maritime Community in Movement and Formation

Settling Upon the Seas: A Maritime Community in Movement and Formation

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(p.41) Chapter Two Settling Upon the Seas: A Maritime Community in Movement and Formation
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A Nation upon the Ocean Sea
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175691.003.0003

This chapter considers the place of merchants and trade in the organization and life of the Portuguese Nation. Merchants played a key role in both the movement of members and the general ordering of the community. In Portugal, and in Iberian and Ibero-American societies, these roles would have been assumed by aristocrats. However, the exclusion of Portuguese aristocrats from certain territories created a social opening for merchants of the Nation, who would become its leaders and fathers.

Keywords:   Portuguese Nation, merchants, trade, community

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