Culture & History Digital Journal, Vol 4, No 1 (2015)

Comparative systems and the functioning of networks: the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific models of trade. XVII and XVIII centuries


https://doi.org/10.3989/chdj.2015.009

Antoni Picazo Muntaner
Universitat de les Illes Balears, Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, Spain

Abstract


All commercial networks operating during the First Global Age in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific systems had a number of common elements, although it is also true that in these two areas of study, very different dynamics emerged. In both areas, the strategies implemented by networks were designed to make them extremely cooperative, very dynamic, with a nonlinear structure and multifunctional. In contrast, noteworthy among the most significant differences is the high degree of participation of native traders and commercial networks in the Asia-Pacific, with Europeans taking part and learning alongside them, while the Atlantic, and the Caribbean in particular, were essentially European in nature.

Keywords


First Global Age; mercantile system; cooperation; collaboration; Philippines

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