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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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A Vast Machine: The Nation’s Atlantic Trading Networks

A Vast Machine: The Nation’s Atlantic Trading Networks

(p.91) Chapter four A Vast Machine: The Nation’s Atlantic Trading Networks
A Nation upon the Ocean Sea

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This chapter shows how the commercial and financial networks of the Portuguese Nation provided the organizational framework for both its expansion across the markets of the Atlantic and its growing control over key sectors of the Spanish imperial economy. The structure of the Portuguese trading networks allowed for the coordination and funneling of capital flows needed to purchase and run the various fiscal instruments of the Spanish Crown. These networks also extended well beyond the empire's sphere of control, to enmesh itself in foreign markets and form partnerships with foreign merchants.

Keywords:   Portuguese Nation, Atlantic, trading networks, Spanish imperial economy

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