The Iberian Maritime Networks

Geoffrey C. Gunn

in History Without Borders

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083343
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882208988 | DOI:
The Iberian Maritime Networks

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This chapter outlines the Iberian maritime trade networks, drawing attention to the key strong points and establishments of the Portuguese and Spanish empires. In order to accept that the Southeast Asian periphery was incorporated into the global order by the sixteenth century, one should look to the mechanisms of penetration. Obviously, the creation of European outposts in East-Southeast Asia was crucial to the capture of such precociously traded commodities as spices and silk at the source interocean arbitrage trade in bullion. In their times, especially during the long seventeenth century, Melaka, Macau, and Nagasaki under the Portuguese, Manila under the Spanish, and Batavia and Taiwan under the Dutch performed this role perfectly. So did a second echelon of European outposts. A distinctive feature was the commercial networks and trading posts established by the Iberians, examined in this chapter, and the trading and colonizing impulses of the European chartered companies.

Keywords: maritime trade networks; Portuguese; Spanish empires; Southeast Asia; Dutch

Chapter.  9547 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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