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2014

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Early modern Europe

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Managing Free Trade In Early Modern Europe: Institutions, Information, And The Free Port Of Livorno, Corey Tazzara Sep 2014

Managing Free Trade In Early Modern Europe: Institutions, Information, And The Free Port Of Livorno, Corey Tazzara

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In November 1644, the ship captain Sebastiane Ferro arrived at the Tuscan port of Livomo with a cargo of wine. Even before requesting the pratica of the portentry for the purpose of trade-he asked to receive the exemptions of Livomo, "to be sure that in corning onto land he not be molested either in his person or in his goods for civil debts contracted in foreign states." Technically, these exemptions were restricted to inhabitants of the city. Nonetheless, the Customs Office routinely granted them even to temporary visitors of what was Europe's premier free port, and in this case ...