Portuguese Trade in Asia Under the Habsburgs, 1580-1640

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James C. Boyajian
ISBN: 978-0-8018-4405-8
Jonas Hopkins University Press
356 pag. hardcover 16 x 24 cm

This fascinating history reassesses the consequences of Portugal's flourishing private trade with Asia, including increased tensions between the growing urban merchant class and the still-dominant landed aristocracy. James C. Boyajian shows how Portuguese-Asian commerce formed part of a global trading network that linked not only Europe and Asia but also -- for the first time -- Asia, West Africa, Brazil, and Spanish America. He also argues that, contrary to previous scholarly opinion, nearly half of the Portuguese-Asian trade was controlled by New Christians -- descendants of Iberian Jews forcibly converted to Christianity in the 1490s.