P09
The imperial/colonial policies on tobacco and its connection with the design of the Atlantic space

Convenors:
Margarida Vaz do Rego Machado (University of the Azores)
Location:
Bloco 1, Sala 0.09
Start time:
14 July, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel intends to debate the role of tobacco in the integration of the Atlantic economies (from the 17th to the 19th century).

Long abstract:

The panel intends to debate the role of tobacco in the integration of the Atlantic economies (from the 17th to the 19th century), in the build of international commerce, and its contribution to the tax income of several European countries who had stakes in America, Africa and Asia. The aim is to analyze monopolies within the institutional framework, their organization, regulation, legal apparatus and administration of justice vis-à-vis offenders and smugglers. Compare the real magnitude of tobacco flows in both metropolises and colonies. We will approach and clarify the main goals of the colonial tobacco policy, within the scope of a perspective of compared history, to better understand the advantages and inconveniences of a protective or more open system according to the practices of each country. The aim is to understand the change in the formulation of a long tradition of imperial reality (Iberian models) for a new colonial formulation that wants to follow the orientations of the British and French colonial empires. Another aspect of possible debate will be the changes of the imperial policies, around Tobacco, in face of the national policies emerging in the transition from the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century.