Dutch Trade with Senegambia, Guinea, and Cape Verde, <i>c</i>.1590–1674


in Brokers of Change

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265208
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754180 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Dutch Trade with Senegambia, Guinea, and Cape Verde, c.1590–1674

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Little attention has been given to the economic activities of European private investors in the Western African trade. To partly fill this void in the literature, this chapter examines the private investment of the entrepreneurs and businessmen of the Dutch Republic in the ‘Guinea of Cape Verde’ between c.1590 and 1674. It analyses the entrepreneurs financing the insurances of ships and cargos for the Guinea of Cape Verde. The chapter also studies the Republic's businessmen operating in the long-distance circuits between the ‘Guinea of Cape Verde’, Europe and the Americas. In addition, it determines the commercial agents of the Republic's merchants and looks at their agency in the Guinea of Cape Verde's trade. This study is based on the collection of Notarial contracts of Amsterdam's Municipal Archive, the Dutch West India Company's archives and on German and Dutch travelling accounts.

Keywords: Dutch travelling accounts; Sephardim; insurance; trade; commercial agency

Chapter.  9911 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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