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"‘Siam is the best place in the Indies’. Father Nicola Cima O.E.S.A. and his memorandum of 1709 for renewed East Indies trade" / Stefan Halikowski-Smith

Anais de Historia de Alem Mar, Volume: XVII

Swansea University Author: Halikowski-Smith, Stefan

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Nicola Agustin Cima’s Relatione Distinta delli Regni di Siam, China, Tunchino e Cocincina, a 66 page manuscript completed around 1707, submitted for the consideration of the Venetian Senate, and today kept in the Marciana Library, Venice under the classification Ital Cl. VI. 76 (6036) is both a pres...

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Published in: Anais de Historia de Alem Mar
ISSN: 08749671 08749671
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa27201
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Abstract: Nicola Agustin Cima’s Relatione Distinta delli Regni di Siam, China, Tunchino e Cocincina, a 66 page manuscript completed around 1707, submitted for the consideration of the Venetian Senate, and today kept in the Marciana Library, Venice under the classification Ital Cl. VI. 76 (6036) is both a prescriptive document for the reinvigoration of Venetian long-distance maritime commerce put forward for deliberation by the Venetian Senate, and a tour d’horizon of the commercial and political possibilities offered in the Orient. One of the underlying themes therein is that Siam, by which Cima meant Ayutthaya, was the best place for conducting trade (luogo) in the East, and it is with these ideas in mind – with problems of their own - that I present this text to readers of the Anais de Historia de Alem Mar accompanied by a critical commentary
College: College of Arts and Humanities