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Edge of EmpireAtlantic Networks and Revolution in Bourbon Río de la Plata$
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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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Postponing the Revolution

Postponing the Revolution

Transimperial Commerce and Monarchism in the Banda Oriental

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Edge of Empire

Fabrício Prado

University of California Press

With the crisis of legitimacy triggered by Napoleon’s invasion of the Iberian peninsula in 1808, different political projects emerged in the colonies. Chapter 7 provides a close analysis of commercial and political processes in the Rio de la Plata between 1810 and 1822 to illuminate the relationship between trans-imperial trade, sovereignty, and monarchism. Monarchism was intimately associated with the maintenance of trans-imperial networks of trade as well as the maintenance of the political and economic order of the colonial period. Monarchism represented the continuity of the old regime's legal principles, provided safety and stability for trans-imperial trade, and above all, prevented the economic, political, and social changes proposed by revolutionary projects.

Keywords:   South Atlantic, sovereignty, revolution, monarchism, commerce, contraband trade, borderlands

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