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This index presents a list of terms and concepts relevant to the examination of the wholesale trade in sugar from Brazil to markets in Europe and the Atlantic economy in its earliest phases as an integrated, inter-imperial system not subject to monopolies and effective imperial regulation. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Given the overwhelming importance of Brazilian sugar in Atlantic trade before 1630, the book suggests that the Atlantic was an integrated, trans-imperial community already in the sixteenth century and well into the seventeenth. The integrated mercantile community that had developed to move bulk commodities between northwestern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula by the fifteenth century simply extended its network to the Portuguese Atlantic islands and then to Brazil.

Keywords: Atlantic economy; Brazil; Europe; sugar



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