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Sailing In African Waters: Coastal Areas And Hinterland

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Historians have debated the struggle between the Dutch and the Portuguese for the control of the Atlantic inter-continental trade for the past fifty years. This chapter offers a re-examination of this conflict from a Western African perspective. The analysis of the impact of the Dutch arrival on the formerly Portuguese Southern Atlantic circuits pays special attention to political, economic and military affairs in Europe affecting the relations between the Republic and the Habsburg Empire and, consequently, the Atlantic territories and inter-continental shipping of the Dutch and the Portuguese. The chapter looks at intercontinental routes and fluctuations of Dutch and Portuguese shipping to and via Western Africa, as well as at the control over the supply and consumption markets for African slave labor and African products in the New World and Europe.

Keywords:Atlantic inter-continental trade; Dutch; Europe; Portuguese; Spanish American colonies; Western Africa



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