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Amsterdam's Sephardic Merchants and the Atlantic Sugar Trade in the Seventeenth Century


About this book


This book surveys the role of Amsterdam’s Sephardic merchants in the westward expansion of sugar production and trade in the seventeenth-century Atlantic. It offers an historical-geographic perspective, linking Amsterdam as an emerging staple market to a network of merchants of the “Portuguese Nation,” conducting trade from the Iberian Peninsula and Brazil. Examining the “Myth of the Dutch,” the “Sephardic Moment,” and the impact of the British Navigation Acts, Yda Schreuder focuses attention on Barbados and Jamaica and demonstrates how Amsterdam remained Europe’s primary sugar refining center through most of the seventeenth century and how Sephardic merchants played a significant role in sustaining the sugar trade.


history of the Atlantic Sugar Trade The Trade Triangle Sephardic merchant community in Amsterdam and Barbados historical geography Sephardic Jewish Sugar Trade Network Dutch colonial trade Portuguese Jewish Merchants British Trade and Navigation Acts Anglo-Dutch Wars in Barbados Menasseh Ben Israel Jewish Diaspora Jewish trans-Atlantic trade network British Caribbean Sugar Revolution Amsterdam sugar market Navigation Acts Cromwell Sephardic Jews

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of DelawareNewark, DEUSA

About the authors

Yda Schreuder is Professor Emerita of Geography at the University of Delaware and Research Associate at the Hagley Museum and Library, USA.

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