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Expanding Portuguese Empire and the Tamil economy, sixteenth-eighteenth centuries /

Expanding Portuguese Empire and the Tamil economy, sixteenth-eighteenth centuries /
DK Number:DK-192568
ISBN: 9788173048029
Title: Expanding Portuguese Empire and the Tamil economy, sixteenth-eighteenth centuries /
Author: S. Jeyaseela Stephen.
Imprint: New Delhi : Manohar Publishers & Distributors,
Physical Desc.: 360 p. : 5 maps ; 23 cm.
Year: 2009
Price: USD 32.10
Subject Strings: Portuguese--India--Tamil Nadu--History.
  Tamil Nadu (India)--History.
  Tamil Nadu (India)--Commerce.
  Tamil Nadu (India)--Intellectual life.
  
  
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Studies done so far in the history of ‘Maritime India’ have not helped much to understand the exact process of developments that took place in the Tamil coastal region in South India in the age of Portuguese expansion. Beginning with the year 1507 and expanding upto 1749—the present study is a serious attempt to throw light on the Portuguese presence in the Tamil coastal region with a discussion on the major issues related to their trade, its structure and functions, trends and its impact and implications on the economy of the region and its commercial topography. The author convincingly argues on the basis of the Portuguese sources that the years of Portuguese presence in the Tamil coast was a period of great economic revival and prosperity. Jeyaseela Stephen is Professor of Maritime History at Visva-Bharti University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
Introduction17
The Trading World of the Tamils: Before the Advent of the Portuguese43
Pearls and Chanks: Portuguese Revenue and Trade73
The Demand for Horses, Elephants and saltpetre: The tate and the Traders108
Hinterland Production and Intra-Asia Trade in Rice and textiles140
Private and Official Trade in Diverse Commodities: Its Scope and Scale189
Spices, Metals , precious Stones and Bullion Imports: The Changing Shape of the Tamil Economy232
Gauging the Impact, Implications and Effectiveness of Portuguese trade: The Urbanisation of Tamil Ports262
Conclusion303
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