The Dutch and the Portuguese in West Africa : empire building and Atlantic system (1580-1674)

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The Dutch and the Portuguese in West Africa : empire building and Atlantic system (1580-1674)

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: The Dutch and the Portuguese in West Africa : empire building and Atlantic system (1580-1674)
Author: Ribeiro da Silva, Filipa Isabel
Publisher: Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-06-24
Keywords: Institutions overseas
Labour migration
Colonial Societies
Transatlantic trade
West African trade
Slave trade
Business networks
Cross-cultural trade
Abstract: This thesis examines in comparative perspective the Dutch and the Portuguese Atlantic empires in the 17th century, using West Africa as a case study. The book is divided into two parts. In Part I, we study how the conditions in the home countries influenced the building of the empires. Here we examine the goals of the Dutch and the Portuguese States and of the mercantile elites and their strategies for the building of their empires. In order to do so, we analyse the transfer of institutions, the labour migration and the formation of colonial societies. Part II deals mainly with the economic strategies of the Dutch and the Portuguese in their Atlantic Empires. Here, we examine the way these two European sea powers and their private entrepreneurs organized the trade on both an international and local level, as well as the way in which they structured their commercial and business networks, our final goal being a discussion of their struggle for the control of the supply and the consumption markets in the Atlantic. Further, we debate the role of the States, the State-sponsored companies and of the private traders on the building of the Dutch and the Portuguese Atlantic economies.
Description: Promotor: P.C. Emmer
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Ribeiro da Silva, F.I., 2009, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Portugal) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal)

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