By D. W. Davies (auth.)
This quantity is an try and provide the yank reader an idea of the level of the Dutch community of alternate within the 17th century. even supposing a few attempt is made to comic strip out, notwithstanding in brief, the actions of the Dutch in a number of areas in the course of the century, emphas1s has been put on their first front into those components in that interval. In each one zone the products which the Netherlanders acquired were indicated in addition to the goods they traded for them. The association of the chapters demands an evidence. scholars of Dutch historical past will give some thought to Surat and Persia as a typical unit, and of Malabar and Ceylon, Japan and China, West Africa and Brazil as being different entities which one might obviously talk about jointly. i've got followed the extra seen nationwide divisions, Persia, India, Japan, Brazil, etc., as being extra simply com prehensible for the informal reader. in the chapters i've got then defined the exchange connections among West Africa and Brazil, Surat and Persia, and so forth.
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Two years later when a truce was declared between Spain and the United Netherlands, the last vestiges of Spanish interference with the trade disappeared, at least for a time. The Mediterranean commerce, as has been said, was also aided by the fact that a number of South Netherlanders who had fled to the northern provinces had agents in Italy, and also by the fact that Spanish and Portuguese Jews in the United Provinces were in touch with friends and compatriots settled in the Mediterranean area.
Grain was carried to Naples and Messina, and from Civitavecchia the Dutch procured alum, wine, olives, and semi-tropical fruits. Next to Livorno, and perhaps as important for the Dutch as Genoa, was Venice, their voyages there probably beginning before the end of the sixteenth century. In 1609 the Dutch sent an ambassador to the Venetian republic, Cornelis van der Mijle, Curator of the University of Leyden and son-in-law of Oldenbarnevelt. Later, in 1620, the States sent Francoys van Aerssen, and the Venetians sent (in 1616) Christofforo Suriano to The Hague.
If there was a dearth of goods in any part of the country, the Dutch established there immediately notified their correspondents of the favourable market. It was explained that Dutch commerce was highly specialized; a merchant dealing in wines and vinegar would not be competing directly with his compatriot in wheat and vegetables. A trader in salt would confine himself to the one commodity as would one in sugar refming. It was thus possible for a number of Dutchmen to aid one another without injuring themselves.
A Primer of Dutch Seventeenth Century Overseas Trade by D. W. Davies (auth.)