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New Christians and Spain’s Involvement in (Re-)Structuring Portugal's Trade with Asia, c. 1602-1610

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  • Wed 24 Jan 2018 15.30 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-01-24 15:30 2018-01-24 17:00 Europe/Paris New Christians and Spain’s Involvement in (Re-)Structuring Portugal's Trade with Asia, c. 1602-1610

Based upon archival materials in the Archivo General, Simancas, this presentation, in general, introduces and, candidly, discusses some of my recent and present work on the policies of Philip III of Spain’s and the involvement of his administrators in attempting at the beginning of the seventeenth century to re-structure the financing of Portugal’s trade with Asia.
It focuses and reflects upon Spanish efforts, via the Consejo de Portugal, to organize, address, and remedy the structural financial difficulties that they encountered in the preparation of naval and commercial shipping assets in Portugal’s trade with Asia from around 1602 to 1610. These efforts, in particular, dealt with Iberian relationships, both at home and abroad, with Portugal’s New Christian community, which resulted in Philip III’s successful negotiation with the Papacy for the concession of a general pardon that facilitated their migration in exchange for a substantial financial payment. How this payment was structured and how it was administered and employed will be outlined.
The contemporaneous works of Pedro de Baeza, a New Christian merchant and agent and the intellectual precursor and author of important early modern treatises concerning early modern global political economy, will be introduced and linked to these Spanish efforts vis-à-vis the Portuguese New Christian communities’ transformation from “Port Jews” to the bankers of the Spanish Empire.
I shall discuss some of the “micro- and macro” historical implications of this topic and will look forward to additional comments from colleagues.

Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa. DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Based upon archival materials in the Archivo General, Simancas, this presentation, in general, introduces and, candidly, discusses some of my recent and present work on the policies of Philip III of Spain’s and the involvement of his administrators in attempting at the beginning of the seventeenth century to re-structure the financing of Portugal’s trade with Asia.
It focuses and reflects upon Spanish efforts, via the Consejo de Portugal, to organize, address, and remedy the structural financial difficulties that they encountered in the preparation of naval and commercial shipping assets in Portugal’s trade with Asia from around 1602 to 1610. These efforts, in particular, dealt with Iberian relationships, both at home and abroad, with Portugal’s New Christian community, which resulted in Philip III’s successful negotiation with the Papacy for the concession of a general pardon that facilitated their migration in exchange for a substantial financial payment. How this payment was structured and how it was administered and employed will be outlined.
The contemporaneous works of Pedro de Baeza, a New Christian merchant and agent and the intellectual precursor and author of important early modern treatises concerning early modern global political economy, will be introduced and linked to these Spanish efforts vis-à-vis the Portuguese New Christian communities’ transformation from “Port Jews” to the bankers of the Spanish Empire.
I shall discuss some of the “micro- and macro” historical implications of this topic and will look forward to additional comments from colleagues.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Luca Molà (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Corinna Unger (EUI - HEC)

Speaker:
Fernand Braudel Fellow George Bryan Souza
 
 

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