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Sugar, institutions and politics

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Various institutions and organizations affected Portugal?s Brazil trade, from the level of the crown to municipal authorities. This chapter examines the institutional context of the Brazilian sugar trade with several goals in mind. First it seeks to describe the institutions that governed the trade, and the costs that they imposed on it. The system of taxation that affected sugar is essential for an eventual understanding of the profitability of the trade. But also, the political context is important since it led to periodic attempts to restrict or otherwise control the sugar trade. Two major factors emerged early in the history of sugar production in Brazil that would significantly affect the structure and rhythms of the trade. The first was that the trade was initially free. The second was the involvement of Portugal in the dynastic struggles of the Spanish Habsburgs following the union of the Iberian crowns in 1580.

Keywords: Brazilian sugar trade; institutions; political context; Portugal; Spanish Habsburgs; system of taxation



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