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Largest Shippers To The Mediterranean, 1590–1620

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This appendix section of this book titled The Same but Different?: Inter-cultural Trade and the Sephardim, 1595-1640 presents a table containing the largest shippers to the Mediterranean. The book challenges the historiographical argument that the Sephardim, and indeed, a variety of religio-ethnic groups, achieved their commercial success by relying on geographically dispersed family members and fellow ethnics. It demonstrates that the most successful Sephardic merchants of early seventeenth century Amsterdam built their fortunes not thanks to familial or diasporic connections, but through "loose ties," economic networks comprised of non-Sephardim. Focusing on three of the most prominent Sephardic merchants in Amsterdam, and a random sampling of other Sephardi merchants, the book reveals a multi-ethnic and multi-religious trade network of non-Jewish merchants.

Keywords: inter-cultural trade; Jewish merchant; Mediterranean; Sephardim



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