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Trade and Empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600…

Trade and Empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600 (Introductions to History)

by David Birmingham

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Birmingham provides a very good review of the early Atlantic world. He outlines how the Portuguese explored Africa, established colonies on Atlantic islands and engaged in trade with African societies. He also discusses the other side of the Atlantic, dealing with early Portuguese and Spanish colonies. This book provides more detail on what was traded and how than you would expect from a book this brief. This is a very nice primer for understanding the beginning of the trans-Atlantic economy. ( )
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Trade and Empire in the Atlantic 1400-1600 provides an accessible and concise introduction to European expansion overseas during the early modern period. It explains why and how seafarers visited the Caribbean, South America and Africa, and looks at the history of the communities that lived around the ocean as they responded to the challenges and opportunities which sea trade opened for them.
Historical thinking on the subject of Empire is naturally controversial as is shown by this survey of the first four stages of early Atlantic colonisation from the conquest of the Canary Islands to the creation of slave plantations in Brazil. This history of the Atlantic Empires is an authoritative introduction to an essential topic in world history.

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An accessible and concise introduction to European expansion overseas during the early modern period. It is the ideal guide to a controversial and essential topic of world history.

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