História (São Paulo)
On-line version ISSN 1980-4369
RODRIGUES, Aldair Carlos. Businessmen: social vocabulary, distinction and commercial activities in Minas Gerais during the 1700s. História [online]. 2009, vol.28, n.1, pp. 191-214. ISSN 1980-4369. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-90742009000100008.
This article discusses the relationship among different mercantile practices and their reflection on the terms used to define the individuals that exercised them. Furthermore, the text examines the vocabulary issues to define the traders, and their relationship to the social status of the merchants in Minas Gerais, and the strategies of social distinction adopted by this group at different points of progress.
Keywords : Social vocabulary; Commercial activities; Traders; Minas Gerais; Congregation of the Holy Office.