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This book examines why traders from the Low Countries settled in Venice and how they succeeded in becoming such a strong commercial force in a city accustomed to protecting its own trade. It does so by studying the activities of the individual Netherlandish immigrant traders as well as their communal relations. The chapter also addresses questions such as: who were these merchants and how did they combine their experience in Atlantic trade with the opportunities offered in the Mediterranean; what was the character of the nazione fiamminga; and why did they not live and trade in a fondaco, an institution used by the Venetians to control the presence and activities of other groups of immigrant merchants.

Keywords: Low Countries; Netherlandish merchants; Venitian traders



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