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Edge of Empire: Atlantic Networks and Revolution in Bourbon Río de la Plata

Fabrício Prado


In the first decades of the 1800s, after almost three centuries of Iberian rule, former Spanish territories fragmented into more than a dozen new polities. Edge of Empire analyzes the emergence of Montevideo as a hot spot of Atlantic trade and regional center of power, often opposing Buenos Aires. By focusing on commercial and social networks in the Rio de la Plata region, the book examines how Montevideo merchant elites used trans-imperial connections to expand their influence and how their trade offered crucial support to Montevideo’s autonomist projects. These trans-imperial networks offere ... More

Keywords: networks, commerce, Atlantic world, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Brazil, independence, smuggling, borderlands, sovereignty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285156
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fabrício Prado, author