The sugar production cycle in the Atlantic archipelagos of the Portuguese expansion (15th-18th centuries): The material remains

André Teixeira, Ricardo Silva, Inês Pinto Coelho, Filipa Galito Silva, Sara Ferreira

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Abstract

Sugar cane cultivation, attempted in Portugal during the late Middle Ages, played a major role in the 15th and 16th centuries settlement of the Atlantic islands. Written sources attest to the importance of sugar mills both for the occupation of the Azores, Cape Verde and particularly Madeira and São Tomé and Príncipe archipelagos and for the establishment of new insular societies and trade circuits. Neither the material remains relating to this process nor the impact of this new product in Portugal are well known. However, a number of archaeological research projects conducted in recent years have contributed data regarding the production of the ceramic forms used in the sugar refining process, mainly originating from the regions of Lisbon and Aveiro. These objects were manufactured and distributed in enormous quantities throughout the North Atlantic area. Their study provides information on the logistics of sugar agriculture, a characteristic feature of early colonial societies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstalaciones y paisajes azucareros atlánticos (siglos XV-XVII)
Subtitle of host publicationArqueología y patrimonio
EditorsMaría del Cristo González Marrero, Jorge Onrubia Pintado
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherArcheopress
Chapter3
Pages27-48
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80327-685-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-80327-684-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Portugal
  • Early modern age
  • Atlantic ocean
  • Ceramic
  • Sugar moulds

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