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Fabrício Prado

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285156

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285156.001.0001

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A Portuguese Town in Río de la Plata

A Portuguese Town in Río de la Plata

(p.13) 1 A Portuguese Town in Río de la Plata
Edge of Empire

Fabrício Prado

University of California Press

Chapter 1 analyzes the social and economic significance of the century-long colonial Portuguese presence in the Rio de la Plata region materialized in the Portuguese settlement of Colonia do Sacramento. I argue that, although illegal, the interaction between Spanish and Portuguese subjects was part of daily life in the region. This chapter suggests the strength and longevity of networks of family, trade, and religion that crossed imperial borders in Rio de la Plata. I emphasize the mutual dependence of Spanish and Portuguese subjects on trans-imperial trade networks, as well as the involvement of powerful mercantile and political groups in these networks.

Keywords:   Colonia do Sacramento, Rio de la Plata, Uruguay, contraband trade, commerce, Iberian empire, Brazil, networks, corruption, borderlands

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