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Title: The Sofala Coast (Mozambique) in the 16th Century: between the African trade routes and Indian Ocean trade
Authors: Roque, Ana Cristina
Keywords: Portuguese expansion
Shadow empire
Intercontinental trading networks
Sofala
Mozambique
Indian Ocean
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Internacionais do Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
Abstract: This article addresses the local and regional impact of the settlement of the Portuguese in Sofala, Mozambique, in the 16th century. Using the documental archive sources on the Sofala coast we highlight the specificity of the interaction between the Portuguese and the local communities, the importance of the “non-official” strategies used by the Portuguese in order to be accepted by the local chieftaincies, the impact of their integration into the local and regional networks and how their attitude formed new geographies of power in the area, while exposing political, economic, social, cultural and religious dichotomies. Focusing our attention on these aspects we make new contributions to the analysis of the Sofala region in the 16th century for a better understanding of its role in the African and Indian Ocean trading networks in the Portuguese empire, mostly based in informal economic and political control and thus pretty close to the concept of "shadow empire".
Peer reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/13791
ISBN: 978-989-8876-16-4
Appears in Collections:CEI-CLI - Autoria de capítulos de livros internacionais

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