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The 1602 Sugar Confiscation—A Case Study In Inter-Cultural Lobbying And Influence

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The facts of the case of the confiscation of a large amount of sugar owned by Sephardi and new Christian merchants in Antwerp and Amsterdam are relatively straightforward. The Dutch and English had joined together in 1602 to try to disrupt shipping to and from the Iberian Peninsula. One of the most well-known cases, though it falls outside the period examined in this book, was when Sephardic merchants in the Dutch Republic lobbied successfully in 1654 and 1655 against the anti-Jewish measures taken by Peter Stuyvesant, Governor of New Netherland. This chapter examines another circumstance in which lobbying as a method of political influence was used. It discuss the Sephardic merchants in Amsterdam and their Dutch associates as an interest group who engaged in lobbying for their interests. What is clear about the case is that the Sephardim and their Dutch associates shared a common concern: money.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Antwerp; confiscation; Dutch associates; Dutch Republic; lobbying; new Christian merchants; political influence; Sephardi; sugar



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