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Spices in Portuguese Amazon region: vegetable retail and Atlantic trade in the end of the Spanish Monarchy

Abstract:

In the first half of the 17th century, several proposals to recover the Portuguese economy were presented, especially after the end of the Iberian Union (1640). Around the same time, residents of the States of Maranhão and Pará proposed a solution: to explore local products similar to ancient Asian spices. The purpose of this study was to analyze the emergence of spices in the Portuguese Amazon, and the role of this region in the political and economic contexts of the end of the monarchy.

Keywords:
spices; Amazon; 17th century.

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