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The Free Port of Livorno and the Transformation of the Mediterranean World

Corey Tazzara

Abstract

In the twilight of the Renaissance, the grand duke of Tuscany—a scion of the fabled Medici family of bankers—invited foreign merchants, artisans, and ship captains to settle in his port city of Livorno. The town quickly became one of the most bustling port cities in the Mediterranean, presenting a rich tableau of officials, merchants, mariners, and slaves. Nobody could have predicted in 1600 that their activities would contribute a chapter in the history of free trade. Yet by the late seventeenth century, the grand duke’s invitation had evolved into a general program of hospitality towards for ... More

Keywords: economic history, early modern Italy, free ports, special economic zones, capitalism, commodity markets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791584
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791584.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corey Tazzara, author
Assistant Professor of History, Scripps College