Dr. L. M. E. Shaw
Lisbon and OPorto Factory Houses, British Merchants and Ec. Relations
A detailed study of the article of any commercial treaty can reveal much concerning the economic conditions in the countries concerned. The Anglo-Portuguese commercial treaties of 1642 and 1654, which were confirmed in Article 1 of the 1661 Article of Marriage between Charles II and Catherine, the Lady Infanta of Portugal, are no exception. Each contains an article giving a clue as to one of the chief reasons why Portugal gradually lost control of her own trade and commerce after the mid-sixteenth century.
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