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Merchants Groups in the Seventeenth-Century Brazilian Sugar Trade. Reappraising Old Topics with New Research Insights

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Author(s): Leonor Freire Costa

Journal: E-Journal of Portuguese History
ISSN 1645-6432

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: General Brazil Company | merchant organization | interest group activity | sugar trade | Brazil | 17th century

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the role of the New Christians within Portuguese mercantile organizations during the early modern period. It stems from the case of the General Brazil Company, because the foundation of this enterprise provides an example of how the 17th-century Portuguese authorities dealt with New Christian issues, allowing for a survey of Portuguese historiography on the subject.
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