Women in Port

Gendering Communities, Economies, and Social Networks in Atlantic Port Cities, 1500-1800


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In the last few decades the scholarship on women’s roles and women’s worlds in the Atlantic basin c. 1400-1850 has grown considerably. Much of this work has understandably concentrated on specific groups of women, women living in particular regions or communities, or women sharing a common status in law or experience. Women in Port synthesizes the experiences of women from all quarters of the Atlantic world and from many walks of life, social statuses, and ethnicities by bringing together work by Atlantic world scholars on the cutting edge of their respective fields. Using a wide-ranging set of case studies that reveal women's richly textured lives, Women in Port helps reframe our understanding of women's possibilities in the Atlantic World.

Contributors are Gayle Brunelle, Jodi Campbell, Douglas Catterall, Alexandra Parma Cook, Noble David Cook, Gordon DesBrisay, Júnia Ferreira Furtado, Sheryllynne Haggerty, Philip Havik, Stewart Royce King, Ernst Pijning, Ty Reese, Dominique Rogers, Martha Shattuck, Kimberly Todt, and Natalie Zacek.

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Douglas Catterall (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is associate professor of history at Cameron University and has published on migration and women’s history, including Community without Borders: Scots Migrants and the Changing Face of Power in the Dutch Republic, c. 1600-1700 (Brill Academic Publishers, 2002).

Jodi Campbell (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is associate professor of history at Texas Christian University and the author of Monarchy, Political Culture and Drama in Seventeenth-Century Madrid: Theater of Negotiation (Ashgate Press, 2006). Her research interests include Spain’s Golden Age theater, the intersections of politics and popular culture, and the social and cultural significance of food.
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Introduction. Mother Courage and Her Sisters: Women’s Worlds in the Premodern Atlantic, Douglas Catterall and Jodi Campbell

Section 1: Metropolitan Frameworks

The Women of Early Modern Triana: Life, Death and Survival Strategies in Seville’s Maritime District, Alexandra Parma Cook

Aberdeen and the Dutch Atlantic: Women and Woollens in the Seventeenth Century, Gordon DesBrisay

“Ports, Petticoats and Power?” Women and Work in Early-National Philadelphia, Sheryllynne Haggerty

Between Lady and Slave: White Working Women in the Eighteenth-Century Leeward Islands, Natalie Zacek

Section 2: Traders and Travelers

The Price of Assimilation: Spanish and Portuguese Women in French Cities, 1500-1650
Gayle Brunelle

Capable Entrepreneurs: The Women Merchants and Traders of New Netherland, Kim Todt and Martha Dickinson Shattuck

“Can she be a woman?” Gender and Contraband in the Revolutionary Atlantic, Ernst Pijning

Lives On the Seas: Women’s Trajectories in Port Cities of the Portuguese Overseas Empire, Júnia Ferreira Furtado

Section 3: Interactions and Intermediaries

Wives, Brokers, and Laborers: Women at Cape Coast, 1750-1800, Ty M. Reese

Gendering the Black Atlantic: Women’s Agency in Coastal Trade Settlements in the Guinea Bissau Region, Philip J. Havik

Housekeepers, Merchants, Rentières: Free Women of Color in the Port Cities of Colonial Saint-Domingue, 1750-1790, Dominique Rogers and Stewart King

Conclusion. Women in the Port Cities of the Early Modern Atlantic World: Retrospect and Prospect, Noble David Cook

Specialists and advanced and graduate students in Atlantic world history and in the histories of the Spanish empire, Brazil, West Africa, littoral Europe, Britain, the Caribbean, and North America c. 1400-1850.
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