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Britain and Latin America in the Nineteenth and Twentieth by R. Miller, Visit Amazon's Rory Miller Page, search results,

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The 1st full-length survey of Britain's function in Latin the USA as a complete from the early 1800s to the Fifties, whilst effect within the quarter handed to the U.S.. Rory Miller examines the explanations for the increase and decline of British impression, and reappraises its effect at the Latin American states. Did it, as usually claimed, circumscribe their political autonomy and inhibit their financial improvement? This sustained case research of imperialism and dependency may have an curiosity past Latin American experts alone.

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Besides attem pting to halt the unauthorised export o f bullion, restrict contraband, and curtail the privileges o f English merchants, he established m onopoly companies open only to Portuguese nationals to trade w ith Para and M aranhao in the north o f Brazil (1755), and w ith Paraiba and Pernambuco (1759). 10 By 1792 Brazil was supplying 30 per cent o f England’s grow ing demand for cotton fibre, and it was partly due to this that the balance o f trade had turned round. However, the grow th o f the Brazilian economy also helped to encourage direct trade in English ships.

The contraband trade followed several different paths. The dominance o f English merchants in Lisbon’s trade perm itted goods to reach Buenos Aires through Brazil and the Portuguese outpost at Colonia do Sacramento on the Plate estuary. 3 The Caribbean was also a centre o f illicit trade, in part encouraged by the British governm ent’s Free Ports Act o f 1766, which perm itted Spanish colonists to sell dyestuffs (logwood, cochineal, indigo), livestock and bullion in West Indian ports in exchange for rum , slaves and manufactures.

This highlighted the need to examine the inter-relationships in each country among three groups o f actors: foreign economic interests (which were predom inantly British in Brazil and the South­ ern Cone before 1914 but elsewhere increasingly N orth American), local elites, and the state. Gradually it became clear that the state was not simply the tool o f local elites, and that they in turn were not simply collaborators o f British and other foreign interests. The reality was m uch m ore complicated.

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