“Nervo deste Reyno”: La red europea de agentes de la Companhia Geral de Comércio do Brasil

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On 1649, the Portuguese Government established the General Trade Company of Brazil under the protection of King João IV. The original plan was to engage the most remarkable traders at that time to promote the profitable trade of the Portuguese Atlantic, particularly that related to Brazil. These would, therefore, promote the trade between Portugal and his colonies by deploying the connections of the New Christians (conversos) and their transnational networks. Thus, this article aims not only to disclose the European network of the General Trade Company of Brazil, but also to shed light on its agents’ role and duties within the Company.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages27
JournalTopoi : Revista de História
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Trade
  • agents
  • Company
  • Empire
  • Brazil
  • networks

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