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History Without BordersThe Making of an Asian World Region (1000–1800)$
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Geoffrey C. Gunn

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083343

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083343.001.0001

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The Iberian Maritime Networks

The Iberian Maritime Networks

(p.159) 6 The Iberian Maritime Networks
History Without Borders

Geoffrey C. Gunn

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter outlines the Iberian maritime trade networks, drawing attention to the key strong points and establishments of the Portuguese and Spanish empires. In order to accept that the Southeast Asian periphery was incorporated into the global order by the sixteenth century, one should look to the mechanisms of penetration. Obviously, the creation of European outposts in East-Southeast Asia was crucial to the capture of such precociously traded commodities as spices and silk at the source interocean arbitrage trade in bullion. In their times, especially during the long seventeenth century, Melaka, Macau, and Nagasaki under the Portuguese, Manila under the Spanish, and Batavia and Taiwan under the Dutch performed this role perfectly. So did a second echelon of European outposts. A distinctive feature was the commercial networks and trading posts established by the Iberians, examined in this chapter, and the trading and colonizing impulses of the European chartered companies.

Keywords:   maritime trade networks, Portuguese, Spanish empires, Southeast Asia, Dutch

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