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The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire by Adrian Finucane (review)

The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire by Adrian Finucane (review) Empire Studies { 783 The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire adrian finucane Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016 212 pp. Although Atlantic world history is now a mainstay in the historical profession, scholars have only recently begun to integrate the histories of the North and South Atlantic areas. While some historians have compared the British and Spanish imperial projects in the Americas, a small but growing literature has started to analyze more concrete interactions among British and Spanish Americans. In this history of the British-­ eld asiento, Adrian Finucane emphasizes the “compelling mutual interests” of the British and Spanish Empires, noting the Spanish need for slaves in the Americas and the British desire to gain more direct access to South American markets (55). By analyzing interimperial interaction, such scholarship promises to make Atlantic world history more truly transnational rather than merely repackaging imperial history. In The Temptations of Trade, Finucane provides a rich contribution to this late historiographical trend. Finucane recounts the combined histories of the asiento and the South Sea Company. As part of the Treaty of Utrecht, which concluded the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713, the Spanish Empire granted the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire by Adrian Finucane (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 52 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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Empire Studies { 783 The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire adrian finucane Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016 212 pp. Although Atlantic world history is now a mainstay in the historical profession, scholars have only recently begun to integrate the histories of the North and South Atlantic areas. While some historians have compared the British and Spanish imperial projects in the Americas, a small but growing literature has started to analyze more concrete interactions among British and Spanish Americans. In this history of the British-­ eld asiento, Adrian Finucane emphasizes the “compelling mutual interests” of the British and Spanish Empires, noting the Spanish need for slaves in the Americas and the British desire to gain more direct access to South American markets (55). By analyzing interimperial interaction, such scholarship promises to make Atlantic world history more truly transnational rather than merely repackaging imperial history. In The Temptations of Trade, Finucane provides a rich contribution to this late historiographical trend. Finucane recounts the combined histories of the asiento and the South Sea Company. As part of the Treaty of Utrecht, which concluded the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713, the Spanish Empire granted the

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