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Creolization and Contraband: Curaçao in the Early Modern Atlantic World (Early American Places)
When Curaçao came under Dutch control in 1634, the small island off South America’s northern coast was isolated and sleepy. The introduction of increased trade (both legal and illegal) led to a dramatic transformation, and Curaçao emerged as a major hub within Caribbean and wider Atlantic networks. It would also become the commercial and administrative seat of the Dutch ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by University of Georgia Press
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Outstanding history of the Caribbean and a genuinely bizarre colony called Curaçao. The Dutch, a burgeoning imperial power after breaking away from Spanish-Hapsburg rule, stole the island colony from the Spanish and created a trading powerhouse. The Dutch went against mercantilism and practiced free trade with colonies of all empires. This went against those empires' trade monopolies with their colonies, so the Dutch basically profited off smuggling. But Curaçao was a fascinating place ...more