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This book aims to re-examine some of the many subjects explored by Boxer and to shed some light on key issues that explain the success and/or failure of the Dutch and the Portuguese in the Atlantic between 1580 and 1674. The choice of those factors of analysis has been framed by recent research in the emergent field of Atlantic History. The expansion of comparative studies in Atlantic History by examining the Dutch and the Portuguese Atlantic Empires in the 17th century. It also presents new evidence showing the central role of Western Africa in the building of the Atlantic World. It covers the period between 1580 and 1674. These chronological boundaries have been carefully chosen to ensure a good balance between the history of the Republic, Portugal and their empires. This book contributes to the main research subjects in the field of Atlantic History.

Keywords:Atlantic History; Dutch; Portuguese; Western Africa



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