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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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“Cada Casa, Un Mundo”: The Domestic Foundations of a Trading Community

“Cada Casa, Un Mundo”: The Domestic Foundations of a Trading Community

(p.67) Chapter Three “Cada Casa, Un Mundo”: The Domestic Foundations of a Trading Community
A Nation upon the Ocean Sea

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This chapter examines the inner dynamics of the Portuguese merchant houses and the worlds they contained. The members of Portuguese merchant houses maintained tight and lasting bonds among themselves even if they were physically separated from each other by the span of oceans and continents. To bring a house into being required the bridging of both geographic and social distance, which was accomplished through interpersonal links. Various such ties existed: ties of kinship, affection, authority, deference, and collective responsibility.

Keywords:   Portuguese Nation, merchant houses, trading community, households

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