Hilario Casado Alonso, Burgos maritime insurance: observatory of Portuguese international trade in the 16th century - PhilPapers

The article deals with the study of 1610 marine insurance policies registered between 1565 and 1597 in the Consulate of Burgos and concerning Portuguese trade. Undoubtedly, they are a very important documentary base to study the commercial relations, the maritime and financial history of Portugal in the second half of the sixteenth century, as they appear multitude of economic agents, ships, shipping routes and ports. Through its study, it is verified how the Portuguese international trade in this period was very complex and varied, not peripheral or dependent. Also, it is possible to appreciate that, next to the economic center of Lisbon, also were very important those of the north of Portugal:. The present article looks at 1,610 maritime insurance policies registered in the Burgos Consulate between the years 1565 and 1596. A great many economic agents, ships, maritime routes and ports feature in them and, as a result, they undoubtedly become a significant factual basis for the study of the trade relationships, as well as the maritime and financial history of Portugal in the second half of the XVI century. Their perusal shows that the Portuguese international trade, far from being peripheral or dependent, has shown complex and varied patterns. In the same vein, the analysis demonstrates that, besides Lisbon, which grew into Portugal's economic core, other spots to the north of Portugal such as Oporto, Viana do Castelo, Vila do Conde, Aveiro, Trancoso, Celorico da Beira and Guarda, also had some economic relevance

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