Chapter ID: CBB829329852

‘Migrating Seamen, Migrating Laws’? (2019)


Fusaro, Maria (Author)

Pages: 54-83
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

From the last quarter of the sixteenth century English and ‘Netherlandish’ shipping entered into the Mediterranean, and quickly established itself as an important economic player in the maritime trade between the North and South of Europe and, rather crucially, also within intra-Mediterranean trade. This phenomenon, famously named by Fernard Braudel the ‘Northern Invasion’, was for a long time understood in simple ‘national’ terms, assuming that Northern ships were the just expression of the expansion of national economies. However, the documentation emerging from Mediterranean courts of law tells a rather more complex story, characterized by a considerable mix of capital investment and multi-national crews. This situation fostered an important knowledge exchange between crewmen of different nationalities, and its consequence was a considerable increase in wage-related litigation as Northern seamen contested their original agreements. Tracing this type of litigation across various archives highlights important differences about the conditions of employment, and brings to the fore early modern states’ attempts to extend their jurisdictions well beyond their boundaries, especially in controlling the actions of their subjects. This is particularly evident in the Mediterranean, a small and crowded space with an abundance of active and competing jurisdictions, frequently contested, sometimes shared, and in actual practice overlapping and jostling for primacy. The study of the strategies employed by seafarers in choosing between the multiple fora available to them is opening a most privileged window onto the interaction between economic activities and legal developments, and helps to highlight how different legal systems interacted with each other and evolved.

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Authors & Contributors
Margócsy, Dániel
Blakemore, Richard J.
Edwards, Elizabeth
Elmer, Peter
Gibson, Marion
Hughes, Paul
Journal for Maritime Research: Britian, the Sea and Global History
Social History of Medicine
Historical Research: The Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Boydell & Brewer
Yale University Press
Harvard University
European Mathematical Society
LIT Verlag
Law and legislation
Witchcraft; demonology
Travel; exploration
Blane, Gilbert, Sir
Cardano, Girolamo
Holwarda, Johannes Phocylides
Lagrange, Joseph Louis
Newton, Isaac
Roger of Howden
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
Early modern
18th century
15th century
Great Britain
Great Britain. Royal Navy
Dutch East India Company

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