Filipa Ribeiro da Silva

in Atlantic History

ISBN: 9780199730414
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

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The early modern Atlantic world was a space of circulation and exchange for people, ideas, and commodities. European states and state-sponsored chartered companies involved in the formation of the Atlantic empires tried to impose monopolies over the commerce in this vast region and to create several European “clusters,” the so-called English, French, Dutch, and Iberian Atlantics. The process of state-driven expansion into the Atlantic was closely linked to the process of early modern state formation. Its success depended heavily on the states’ ability to claim and impose their sovereignty over this new Atlantic world and to find new forms of revenue to finance partially the Atlantic enterprise. Taxation both direct and indirect was an important source of revenue for European states, not only to finance the bureaucratic apparatus and war in Europe but also to support the costs of building and maintaining colonies in the Atlantic while waging war at other European states with ambitions overseas. Fiscality is therefore an important component in the study of the early modern Atlantic world. Although the field of Atlantic history has been among the most productive areas of research since the early 1990s, and most of its scholarship has focused on circulation of people and products, terms such as taxation, fiscal systems, and customs agencies, are hard to find. Our knowledge and understanding of early modern European fiscal organization and practices in the Atlantic setting are therefore limited. There is, however, a body of literature (often published outside the realm of Atlantic history) that sheds some light on these subjects. This bibliography provides a brief survey of this scholarship.

Article.  8139 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas ; European History ; African History ; History ; Regional and National History

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