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Oceans of wine : Madeira and the emergence of American trade and taste

Author: David Hancock
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009.
Series: Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
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"This innovative book examines how, between 1640 and 1815, the Portuguese Madeira wine trade shaped the Atlantic world and American society. David Hancock painstakingly reconstructs the lives of producers. distributors, and consumers, as well as the economic and social structures created by globalizing commerce, to reveal an intricate interplay between individuals and market forces. Ranging widely across history,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Hancock
ISBN: 9780300136050 0300136056
OCLC Number: 317471725
Description: xxix, 632 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "An unbounded ocean of business--laid open to us" --
The triumph of Bacchus --
The culture of the vine --
The enlivening grape --
"A revolution in this trade" --
A "commerce of minds" : Madeira distributors and their customers --
Merchants into capitalists --
Strong networks of weak ties : importing and wholesaling wine in early America --
The wet goods business --
"Articles of nourishment both mundane and useful" : wine consumption in an emerging Atlantic economy --
"Power to give sudden refreshment" and respect : health, refinement, and the consumption of wine --
Ars bibendi : "the fashionable ornaments of life" --
Coda: "The pleasures of the bottle" --
Conclusion: "If Bacchus, not Neptune, were god of the sea."
Series Title: Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
Responsibility: David Hancock.

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