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The Same But Different

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Defining terms such as efficiency, creation of opportunities, and promotion of common interests, along with isolating the spread of innovation, is problematic. Therefore, this chapter examines successful merchants such as Manoel Rodrigues Vega, Manoel Carvalho, and Bento Osorio so as to see what sorts of networks they employed, with the assumption that successful merchants would not only have been efficient and created opportunities but would have spread, or, at the very least, have utilized innovations, and promoted their common interests. In order to better understand these merchants and how and why they chose to interact with Dutch merchants in various situations, as well as how and why they did (and did not) conform to the overall trends, the chapter analyzes each merchant in greater detail. Manoel Rodrigues Vega, Manoel Carvalho, and Bento Osorio were merchants who behaved differently depending on their particular individual circumstances.

Keywords: Bento Osorio; Dutch merchants; Manoel Carvalho; Manoel Rodrigues Vega



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