History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire From Beginnings To 1807

ISBN-10: 0521738229
ISBN-13: 9780521738224
Edition: 2009
Authors: A. R. Disney
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 482
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

The Kingdom of Portugal was created as a by-product of the Christian Reconquest of Hispania. With no geographical raison d'tre and no obvious roots in its Roman, Germanic, or Islamic pasts, it for long remained a small, struggling realm on Europe's outer fringe. Then, in the early fifteenth century, this unlikely springboard for Western expansion suddenly began to accumulate an empire of its own, eventually extending more than halfway around the globe. The History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire, drawing particularly on historical scholarship postdating the 1974 Portuguese Revolution, offers readers a comprehensive overview and reinterpretation of how all this happened - the first such account to appear in English for more than a generation. Volume I concerns the history of Portugal itself from pre-Roman times to the climactic French invasion of 1807, and Volume II traces the history of the Portuguese overseas empire.

Contents for Volume I
Abbreviations
List of maps
Preface
Maps
North Africa
Beginnings: the conquest of Ceuta
The era of neo-Reconquest
Retreat and stalemate
Economic costs and benefits
The disaster of Al-Ksar al-Kabir
The fortresses after Al-Ksar al-Kabir
Exploring the Coasts of Atlantic Africa
The role of Prince Henrique
The Henrican voyages
Coasts and rivers of Guinea
C�o, Dias and the South Atlantic
Long-distance voyaging and nautical technology
P�ro de Covilh� and Prester John
Engaging with Atlantic Africa
Profits on the fringes of the Sahara
Dealing with competitors
Crown and lan�ados in Upper Guinea
Portuguese origins of Guinea-Bissau
The gold of S�o Jorge da Mina
Benin and the Niger delta
The kingdom of Kongo
The conquest of Ndongo
Early Portuguese settlement of Angola
The Angolan slave trade
The Atlantic Islands and Fisheries
Portuguese beginnings in Madeira
Later development of Madeira: sugar, wine and over-population
Discovering, settling and developing the Azores
The Azores in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Portugal and the Canaries
The Cape Verde Islands: discovery, settlement and early growth
The Cape Verde Islands: the later years
S�o Tom� and Principe: the slave islands
The Newfoundland fisheries and the South Atlantic
Breakthrough to Maritime Asia
Vasco da Gama's first voyage to India
Getting to know 'the other'
Manueline dreaming
Albuquerque
Post-Albuquerquian consolidation
Escalating diplomacy
Empire in the East
The Estado da �ndia
The crown and the pepper trade
Tapping into the inter-port trade
The carreira da �ndia
Governing from afar
Late resurgent expansionism
Losses in the seventeenth century
Informal Presence in the East
Introducing the private trader
Private trade in western maritime Asia
Private trade in eastern maritime Asia
Soldiers-of-fortune
Informal settlements and settlers
Muzungos and prazo-holders in Mozambique
Catholics in an alien world
Brazil: Seizing and Keeping Possession
Early voyages and the age of feitorias
The Amerindians and their culture
Establishing settlements: the first hundred years
The disintegration of coastal Amerindian society
The impact of the Jesuits
Early-seventeenth-century foreign European intrusions and the Dutch conquest of Pernambuco
The rule of Count Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen
The end of Netherlands Brazil
Formation of Colonial Brazil
Trees and traders
The coming of sugar
The African slave trade to Brazil
Ports and plantations; farms and ranches
Portuguese colonists and miscegenation
Early colonial slavery and slave society
Escapees, the free poor and social control
S�o Paulo and the southern interior
The northeastern and northern interiors
Late Colonial Brazil
Post-war reconstruction: sugar, tobacco and cattle
The great mineral boom
The free population of Minas Gerais in the age of gold
Slavery in Minas Gerais
Pombaline and post-Pombaline neo-mercantilism
The economic resurgence of the late eighteenth century
Extending the frontier and establishing borders in the north, west and south
Intimations of separation
Holding on in India: The Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Goa and its European rivals
Portuguese, Omanis and Marathas
Old and new patterns in the intercontinental trade
The late colonial inter-port trade
The Estado da �ndia's struggle for recovery in the late seventeenth century
Conservatism and stagnation in the early eighteenth century
Mid-eighteenth-century revival and expansion
Goa and the reforms of Pombal
The Pinto 'conspiracy'
The British occupation of Goa
Eastern Empire in the Late Colonial Era: Peripheries
The Estado da �ndia beyond the sub-continent
Macau and its trade: from crisis to recovery
Macanese trade in the late eighteenth century
A glimpse of Macanese society and government
Macau and the mandarins of Guangzhou
Macau's relations with Beijing
The Macau c�mara and the crown authorities
Toehold in Timor
The loss of the Swahili coast
The ivory, gold and slave trades of Mozambique
Enter the Banias
Mozambique: a territorial empire in the making?
The Mozambique prazos after 1650
Mozambique and the eighteenth-century reforms
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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