Amsterdam's Sephardic Merchants and the Atlantic Sugar Trade in the Seventeenth Century

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Yda Schreuder
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , October
     287 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book surveys the role of Amsterdam’s Sephardic merchants in the westward expansion of sugar production and trade in the seventeenth-century Atlantic. It offers an historical-geographic perspective, linking Amsterdam as an emerging staple market to a network of merchants of the “Portuguese Nation,” conducting trade from the Iberian Peninsula and Brazil. Examining the “Myth of the Dutch,” the “Sephardic Moment,” and the impact of the British Navigation Acts, Yda Schreuder focuses attention on Barbados and Jamaica and demonstrates how Amsterdam remained Europe’s primary sugar refining center through most of the seventeenth century and how Sephardic merchants played a significant role in sustaining the sugar trade.

  • Offers a comprehensive synthesis of the Atlantic sugar trade network as it developed and expanded in the seventeenth century
  • Examines the unique role of the Sephardic merchant community in the Atlantic world
  • Appeals to scholars of the Dutch Golden Age, Atlantic studies, Jewish studies, and historical geography
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Yda Schreuder is Professor Emerita of Geography at the University of Delaware and Research Associate at the Hagley Museum and Library.


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