A. R. Walford
Lisbon and OPorto Factory Houses, British Merchants and Ec. Relations
Minutes of Meetings of members of the British Factory farther back than 1715 are extremely rare, as also are any details of the Factory's functions and its members' commercial activities. The following document is therefore of considerable interest, for not only does it give a general comprehension of the kind of merchandize imported and exported, but sets forth the difficulties encountered in trading under the Treaty then in force. At that time Portugal was very jealous of her rich and expanding trade with her Brazilian colony, greatly resenting any encroachment upon it by British traders, and prone to retaliate against any such interference in the manner herein described.
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