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Trade, Migration and Urban Networks in Port Cities, c. 1640-1940$
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Adrian Jarvis and Robert Lee

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780973893489

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973893489.001.0001

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Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam: An Insight on Entrepreneurial Behaviour in the Dutch Republic

Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam: An Insight on Entrepreneurial Behaviour in the Dutch Republic

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(p.15) Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam: An Insight on Entrepreneurial Behaviour in the Dutch Republic
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Trade, Migration and Urban Networks in Port Cities, c. 1640-1940
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Cátia Antunes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780973893489.003.0002

This chapter provides a case study of the entrepreneurship of Portuguese Jewish merchants in the Dutch Republic in the Early Modern period. Though similar case studies exist, none have focused specifically on Jewish entrepreneurs. The core aim is to determine which business strategies and values the Jewish entrepreneurs shared with their Dutch counterparts. It provides a history of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam, followed by a definition of the early modern entrepreneur. It then examines the trade routes, products, range of trading capital, and social networks of the Portuguese Jewish entrepreneurs, and concludes that Portuguese Jewish and Dutch merchants operated their businesses in similar ways, but Portuguese Jewish merchants were willing to step out of their religious and social boundaries in pursuit of a stronger economic position and were able to do so through financial support gained by dealing in diverse, high quality trade.

Keywords:   Early Modern Entrepreneurship, Sephardic Jewish History, Sephardim, Jewish Migration, Early Modern Trade, Dutch Ports, Portuguese Ports, Amsterdam-Lisbon Route

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