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TitleThe cod trade in early-modern Portugal : deregulation, English domination, and the decline of female cod merchants
AuthorAbreu-Ferreira, Darlene
DescriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1996. History
Pagination446 leaves, map
SubjectCod fisheries--Portugal--History; Fish trade--Portugal--History; Women merchants--Portugal
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of History
Spatial CoveragePortugal
NotesBibliography: leaves 401-443
AbstractThis study analyzes the extent of Portuguese participation in the early cod fishery off Newfoundland and concludes that Portugal's role in the fishery was intermittent. Evidence shows that the Portuguese were not great cod fishers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The best archival documentation found in Portugal is for the seventeenth century and it shows the English and French supplying the Portuguese with most cod entering Portugal's harbours. -- Toward the second half of the seventeenth century the English monopoly of the cod trade in Portugal was entrenched. In order to accommodate the influx of a foreign merchant community, Portuguese authorities had to deregulate the structure of their regional economy. Consequently, a previously-protected native merchant class was displaced by foreigners. In the cod trade, many of these cod merchants who were supplanted by foreign interlopers were women. In certain coastal towns in northern Portugal women were big cod merchants but their number and the volume of cod they merchandised decreased substantially in the second half of the seventeenth century.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera1137926
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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