Trade and Trust in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World: Spanish Merchants and Their Overseas Networks is divided into different topics whose common thread is trust. In the introduction Xabier Lamikiz reviews different works that deal with commercial activities connected with trust and reveals his approach to the subject. The first two chapters analyze the Bilbao merchants; the third and fourth colonial trade and traders between Cádiz and Peru, and chapters 5, 6, and 7 the relation between merchants, confidentiality, trust, distrust, and networks. The main and highly unusual source of this work is the private and confidential mail from Peru that was carried in the frigate La Perla seized by the British in 1779 when travelling from El Callao to Cádiz.

It is traditionally maintained that around 1,700 Bilbao merchants had pushed aside foreign rivals in Bilbao commerce. The author argues that there are...

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