By M. Vicente
Through the 1780s within the urban of Barcelona on my own, greater than a hundred and fifty factories shipped calicoes to each significant urban in Spain and around the Atlantic. This publication narrates the lives of households on either side of the Atlantic who profited from the rage for calicoes, and in doing so helped the Spanish empire to flourish within the eighteenth century.
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The author, however, emphasizes that it is the husband who ultimately makes the decisions. ”32 At the center of this economic society lay the important financial component of women’s contribution to the family at the moment of marriage. Brides brought their own family networks and contacts to their new union. 33 The economic impact of the dowry in the business world has been less studied than its social importance. And yet, the dowry 30 C l o t h i n g t h e S pa n i s h E m p i r e appears to be crucial when applied to the practical case of the formation of commercial houses of the Spanish world, because it sometimes provided entrepreneurs with the initial financial capital to establish their enterprises.
Commercial agents also cashed letters of exchange and remitted payments and valuable information back to the company’s home office. Commercial agents had long allowed Catalans and merchants from other peripheral Spanish regions to participate in the American trade. Since the sixteenth century, Catalan agents settled in Seville, the port from which all Spanish shipments sailed to America. 70 During the 1740s, changes in Spanish commercial policies made those agents especially important to the rapidly growing calico industry centered on Barcelona.
These networks derived from commercial partnerships in which joint participation in a company provided certain familial elements—above all, a sense of trust and common interest. Through these business partnerships, we find networks of partners in large- and medium-size calico companies, master artisans, and merchants involved in long-distance trade, commercial agents, and the building of commercial ships. And so Glòria was a partner with Clota, Clota with Campins, Campins with Marsal, Marsal with Sabater, and Sabater with Canals and Canet.
Clothing the Spanish Empire: Families and the Calico Trade in the Early Modern Atlantic World by M. Vicente