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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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The Making of Montevideo

The Making of Montevideo

Contraband, Reforms, and Authority

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(p.83) 4 The Making of Montevideo
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Edge of Empire
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Fabrício Prado

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285156.003.0005

The late eighteenth century brought a series of important changes to the Rio de la Plata region. The expulsion of the Portuguese from Colonia, the creation of the vice-royalty of Rio de la Plata, and free trade changed the balance of power in the region. During this process, Montevideo became the mandatory port of call for ships leaving and entering the estuary, the only port authorized for disembarking slaves and the main port for Atlantic trade. Montevideo also became the seat for authorities in charge of repressing contraband. The elites of Montevideo used their control over trans-imperial interactions to expand their influence over the border areas with Luso-America and over territories that was previously under the administration of Buenos Aires.

Keywords:   Montevideo, Banda Oriental, Buenos Aires, commerce, contraband trade, sovereignty, political identity, borderlands

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