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Combining The New With The Old: Netherlandish-Venetian Trade After The 1590s

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When the 'Hercules' arrived in Venice in May 1605, having set sail from Amsterdam in November of the previous year, its cargo consisted of a great variety of commodities, but did not contain any trace of cereals, indicating how maritime commerce had rapidly became more diversified after the food shortages of the 1590s had first triggered the Straatvaart. Giovanni Engelbrecht, passenger on the 'Hercules' and supercargo of the Van Lemens brothers had helped Cornelis Jansen load the merchandise in Amsterdam. As commercial contacts between the Northern Netherlands and Venice increased, the Netherlandish merchants became the link which firmly connected the Italian republic to the Atlantic trading world. They did not specialize in specific commodities, but combined trade in a broad range of goods. The Netherlanders were thus ideally positioned to link the Mediterranean to the Atlantic world.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Cornelis Jansen; Netherlandish merchants; Venice

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