By M. Vicente
Through the 1780s within the urban of Barcelona on my own, greater than one hundred fifty factories shipped calicoes to each significant urban in Spain and around the Atlantic. This publication narrates the lives of households on each side of the Atlantic who profited from the trend for calicoes, and in doing so helped the Spanish empire to flourish within the eighteenth century.
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She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. . She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 26 Arbiol also stated that the wife’s government was crucial to the household because no matter how much the husband earned, if the wife was a poor administrator, it would bring the household to ruin. 28 In this sense, the economic efficiency of the wife as an administrator was united to her job in ensuring the moral survival of the household.
2 The importance of the family in the economic and political thought in the early modern Atlantic world is less known. Scholars have generally focused on the actions of individuals in the study of commercial relations across the Atlantic. From the perspective of the individual, the story of these commercial relations has often been the story of male entrepreneurs—merchants, shopkeepers, and brokers— working before the public eye, busy at La Lonja (La Llotja in Catalan), or the stock market, traveling to America and throughout Spain.
16 And the perfect functioning of the household was at the base of the good functioning of the empire. In the management of the household, economic interests combined with moral requirements. Thus, the paterfamilias held the reins of the dominium, but he could not sustain the family alone. His moral authority had to be shared with his wife, the mother of his children. Women and the Ideal of the Family Throughout the early modern period, the basis of the household and its management had a double nature: the material aspect of the survival of the household, and the moral and emotional well-being of its members.
Clothing the Spanish Empire: Families and the Calico Trade in the Early Modern Atlantic World by M. Vicente