The Atlantic Sugar Trade at the End of the Seventeenth Century
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In their efforts to undermine Dutch hegemony in the Atlantic sugar trade, the British were only partially successful in channeling colonial trade from the West Indian and American colonies to England. In the last chapter, Schreuder documents and concludes that merchants and commodity brokers of Amsterdam and London (including Sephardic merchants) helped to sustain the Anglo-Dutch sugar reexport trade and Amsterdam’s sugar refining industry for most of the second half of the seventeenth century but, as direct supplies of sugar from the Caribbean diminished, the Sephardic merchant network lost part of its function. As Sephardic merchants had sojourned from port to port and island to island to sustain their network of trade, and had shown great flexibility and business acumen, they justifiably deserve the designation of Port Jew.