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The Community Of Netherlandish Merchants In Venice

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The names of the majority of Netherlandish merchants conducting trade in Venice appear in notarial records, even though not all commercial transactions were necessarily registered with a Venetian notary or authenticated in any way. The increasing importance of Netherlandish merchants, both numerically and economically, from 1590 onward is reflected in the advice given by the nazione fiamminga in 1596. When the Senate consulted the most important merchants of the piazza on the foundation of a new state bank, eighteen individual merchants and three firms-consisting of two merchants each-signed the advice of the Netherlandish community. For long-term business ventures the Netherlanders in Venice in general preferred partners from the reservoir of compatriot traders. The mutual assistance of the Netherlanders was based on their shared occupational interests and common provenance, and reinforced by the bonds of kinship and marriage as well as friendship.

Keywords: Netherlandish merchants; Senate; Venice



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