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Crisis and Reform in the
Greater Mediterranean
History 111 – World History since 1500

Spring 2022

Jorge Minella ([email protected])

The Course so Far

 Course started with the Ottomans and the European Maritime

 But then moved elsewhere.

 Americas.

 Africa.

 Asia.

 Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

 What about Europe and the Ottoman Empire?

Europe, 1500-1750

 Fragmentation and rivalries.

 Religious conflicts.

 Competing regional identities.

 New political, knowledge, and
social models.

Siege of Stralsund (1628), Thirty Year’s War.

The Ottoman Empire

 Expansion.

 Military and governance innovation.

 Incorporation.

Ottoman miniature about the Szigetvár
campaign showing Ottoman troops and Tatars as avant-

The Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire

 Vast territory in the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

 Multicultural Empire.

 Lasted 623 years (1299 – 1922).

 What explains Ottoman expansion, durability, and influence?

 Military power.

 Clever governance.

 Minimal trade restrictions.

 Relative religious tolerance.

The Ottoman

 Professional standing

 Janissary corps.

 Devshirme recruitment.

 Well trained.

 Well equipped.

 Highly loyal to the Sultan.

Land Grants and Religious Tolerance

 Timar.

 Land grants to the military personnel.

 Factor of stability in frontier zones.

 Deeply religious state (Muslim), but religiously tolerant.

 If compared to most Christian nations.

 No mass conversion.

 Still Muslims privileged.


 Most significant expansion
between 1453 and 1683.

 Ottoman Navy dominated the
Mediterranean Sea until

 Defeat in the Siege of Vienna
in 1683 marks end of


 Most rural peasants and herders.

 Urban life thrived.

 Social hierarchy based on occupation.

 Social mobility possible.

 Through education.

 And military service.

The map of Istanbul (Constantinople) by Matrakçı
Nasuh during the 16th century


 Life shaped by military campaigns and international trade.

 Strong merchant class.

 Trade with Africa, Asia, and Europe.

 Low trade taxes.

 State-maintained caravanserais.

 Patriarchal society.

 But women often engaged in export crafts.

Fractured Europe

The Protestant Reformation

 Martin Luther.

 1517 Critique of the Catholic Church.

 Corruption of the clergy.

 Purgatory and indulgences.

 Defended that people had direct access to holy scriptures and God.

 Lutheranism, Calvinism.

 Spread in central and northern Europe.

Catholic Response

 Convert people overseas.

 Reinforce the Church’s doctrines.

 Protestants labeled heretics.

 Resulting in the explosion of religious
conflict in Europe.

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, 1572
France, painting by François Dubois.

Rivalries Beyond

 Spanish, French, English, Dutch.

 Competition for overseas colonies
and trade, that is, wealth.

 Religious divisions added.

 Spain started to decline in the late
sixteenth century.

 England and the Dutch rising.

Depiction of the 1588 Spanish Armada defeat, by
Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom, 1601.

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)

 Ferdinand II – Attempts to re-Catholicize parts of the Holy Roman Empire.

 Civil War within the Holy Roman Empire.

 Catholic vs. Protestant.

 Spain, France, the Dutch later involved.

 Unprecedented level of destruction.

 1/3 of the population of central Europe died.

 Agricultural production disrupted.

Crisis and New Models

Crises and New

 Crises demand new models.

 Impacts of the maritime expansion.

Jacques Callot’s 1633 depiction of an
event in the Thirty Years’ War. France.

New Model of Knowledge

 Direct observation of nature.

 First, the cosmos.

 16, 17th centuries: Galilei, Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Newton.

 Mathematical Models.

 Philosophers.

 Deductive method.

 Inductive method.

 Scientific Revolution.

The Emergence of Capitalism

 Deep change in socio-economic relations.

 Commercial and Industrial stages.

 “an economic system in which private parties make their goods and services
available on an open market and seek to exploit market conditions to profit from
their activities.” (p. 708)

 Profit and market.

Capital, Land, and

 Wage labor.

 Changes in land tenure.
 Land enclosure.

 Rise of commercial agriculture in
seventeenth century Europe.
 Partially due to the Columbian


New Business Models and Capital

 East India Trade Companies.

 Banking and Insurance.

 Transatlantic slave trade.

 Profits reinvested.

 Slavery.

 Overexploitation of slave labor facilitated capital accumulation.

 Provision of raw materials.

 Therefore, maritime expansion key to the development of capitalism.

The State and

 The state was a key player in
the emergence of capitalism.

 Example of England.

 Mercantilism.

 Trade surplus.

 Benefit of the English state,
manufacturers, and

A painting of a French seaport from 1638, at the height of

New Players

 Bourgeoisie.

 City citizens, not hereditary nobility.

 Emerging group: wealth from trade and
other capitalist activity.

 First in England and the Netherlands.

The 16th-century German banker Jakob Fugger and
his principal accountant, M. Schwarz, registering an
entry to a ledger. The background shows a file cabinet
indicating the European cities where the Fugger Bank
conducts business. (1517)

New Political Models

 Constitutionalism.

 First in England, late seventeenth century.

 Absolutism.

 France, mid-seventeenth century.

 Centralized states.


 One ruler with all power.

 Near absolutism in
sixteenth century Spain.

 But seventeenth century
France best example.

 Louis XIV.

 Military power.

 Court grandeur.

Palace of Versailles, 1668. Built for Louis XIV.


 Early modern constitutionalism: written charter defining a power-sharing
agreement between a monarch and a parliament.

 Certain subjects, certain rights.

 Which subjects? What rights?

 England.

 Tumultuous process between 1630s and 1680s.

Lecture Recap

 Ottomans.

 Military prowess and integrative policies.

 Challenged European kingdoms and empires.

 Europe.

 Religious fervor.

 Gunpowder.

 Wars.

 Seeds of change.

 Scientific Revolution.

 Capitalism.

 New political models.

  • Crisis and Reform in the Greater Mediterranean
  • The Course so Far
  • Europe, 1500-1750
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • The Ottoman Military
  • Land Grants and Religious Tolerance
  • Expansion
  • Society
  • Society
  • Fractured Europe
  • The Protestant Reformation
  • Catholic Response
  • Rivalries Beyond Religion
  • The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
  • Crisis and New Models
  • Crises and New Models
  • New Model of Knowledge
  • The Emergence of Capitalism
  • Capital, Land, and Labor
  • New Business Models and Capital Accumulation
  • The State and Capitalism
  • New Players
  • New Political Models
  • Absolutism
  • Constitutionalism
  • Lecture Recap

The Colonial Order in the
History 111 – World History since 1500

Spring 2022

Jorge Minella ([email protected])

Recap ~1492-1560

 Disastrous first contact in Hispaniola and other Caribbean Islands.

 Disease, violence, encomienda.

 Conquest of the Inca and Aztec Empires.

 Disease, timing and circumstances, Spanish tactics.

 Silver.

 Portuguese Brazil.

 Coastal colony.

The “Colonial Middle”

 ~1550-1750.

 Economic and political models established.

 Decreased military conflict.

 Native Americans dealing with the new

 Enslaved Africans forming communities
and resisting.

Plan of Lima, capital of the Spanish Vice-
Royalty of Peru, 1744.

This Lecture

 Case study: Spanish America.

 Colonial Government.

 Economy.

 Aspects of society.

 Slavery and sugar.

 Brazil, Caribbean.

 Resistance.

Spanish America: Colonial


 Goals: wealth and allegiance.

 Europe to America: distance.

 Reliable but slow

 Impact how to govern.
Main Spanish and Portuguese Sea Routes.

Spanish Colonial

 Council of the Indies.

 Spanish subjects with interests in Spain in
key positions in the colonial administration.

 Viceroyalty; Provinces.

 Audiencias: high appeal court.

 Town Councils (Cabildos): controlled by
Spanish settlers.

“Two Republics”

 Survival of native communities.
 Tribute and labor.

 The “Republic of Indians.”
 Indigenous self-government at village level.
 Indigenous town councils.

 The “Republic of Spaniards.”
 Everything else.

Spanish America: Economy
and Society

Two Republics and Stability

 Traditional native elites.
 Colonizers – Natives intermediation.

 Relatively negotiated imposition of colonial rule.

 Audiencias.
 Some relief to grievances.

The Colonial

 Almost self-sufficient early on.

 Ranching and farming developed

 Favorable environment; workforce.

 Export-focused; monopolistic trade
through Seville.

 Primary activity: silver mining.

 Secondary export products: gold, cacao,
dyes, hides, and others.

Port of Seville, Spain. All trade from Spanish
America had to go through Seville.

Native Labor

 Rotational labor drafts.

 Communities forced to provide quotas of laborers for a certain amount of time.

 New Spain: repartimiento.

 Peru: mita.

 Similar to native pre-conquest labor drafts, but harsher.

 Facilitated by the “two republics” system.

Spanish America: Society,
Race, and Religion

Race and Social Hierarchy

 Race and Ethnicity in the organization of the colonies.

 Natives: tribute and servitude.

 Africans: slavery.

 Mixed-races.

 “castas.”

 Also inferior by law and discriminated in practice.

 But Complicated social hierarchization based on racial boundaries.


 Racial boundaries blurred by casta population.

 Calidad (“quality”).

 Physical.

 Cultural.

 And social attributes.

 Position in society.

Casta painting containing
complete set of 16 casta
combinations. 18th

Century Mexico. Unknown


 Provided some common

 Religious conformity expected.

 Catholicism blended with
indigenous and African
religious practices.

Coricancha (Inca’s Golden Temple) walls with the
Spanish Convent of Santo Domingo built on top of it.

Sugar and Slavery

Slavery: Where and Why?

 Slavery developed where…
 Compulsory native labor not advantageous to colonists.

 Diminished indigenous populations.

 Highly profitable activities to compensate for capital investment
(purchase and maintenance of slaves)

 More often in export agriculture.

 But also in urban settings.

Slavery in the Americas

 Mass slavery, forming slave societies.

 Mostly rural.

 Plantations.

 Some mining and ranching areas.

 Auxiliary slavery, forming societies with slaves.

 Urban centers.

 Service sector.

Sugar Plantations

 High demand in Europe for sugar.

 First in Hispaniola and Mexico.

 Thrived in Pernambuco and Bahia (Brazil), and later in the Caribbean.

 Transitioned from enslavement of natives to massive use of enslaved


 Specialized commercial enterprises.

 Large investment capital
required: machinery and slaves.

 Economic driving forces of Brazil and
the Caribbean.

 Dependent domestic economy.

 Specialization of the workforce.

 Harsh labor regime.

 Plantation owners and transatlantic
sugar merchants profited.

Early 19th century
representation of a Brazilian
sugar mill.

Gold and Slavery in

 Gold and diamonds found in the interior.

 Shaped eighteenth-century Brazil.

 Interiorization.

 Slavery in the mining district.

 Gold collected by enslaved Africans in
colonial Brazil would help fund the
industrial revolution in England.

Meanwhile, in the Caribbean

 17th and 18th centuries.

 Dutch spread the sugar plantation model in the Caribbean after occupying
sugar producing areas of Portuguese Brazil (1630-1654)

 Indentured servitude replaced by large scale slavery.

 Harsher than in Brazil.

 Racial distinction and racist hierarchies strongly enforced in colonies controlled by
northern Europeans.


 Public punishment.

 Center of towns and cities.

 Show of power of Masters
and colonial authorities.

Public Punishment. Johann Moritz Rugendas. (c. 1820s.)



 Flight to the margins.

 Refusal and rebellion.
 Faced Spaniard


 Legal action.

Page of the Codex
Tepetlaoztoc, c. 1550.

Urban Slavery

 Services, workshops, construction, transportation.

 Regional capitals and port cities.

 Increased social tension.

 Public torture and execution.

Urban Blacks and
Freedom Strategies

 Some access to money.

 Self-Purchase.

 Still, uncertainty faced
freed individuals and
urban Black communities.

Jean-Baptiste Debret. Urban Slavery, early 19th
century Rio de Janeiro.

Black Lay Brotherhoods

 Support and solidarity networks.

 From the 18th century, common in urban centers and mining districts

 Secured funds to purchase freedom.

 Additionally, sought to provide:

 Health assistance.

 Pay for decent burials.

 Legal advice.

Rural Slaves

 Self-purchase more difficult.

 Harsher labor regimes.

 Less access to monetized transactions.

 Formation of runaway communities.

 Main strategy towards freedom.

 Frequent in plantation zones.

 Quilombos in Portuguese America.

 Palenques in Spanish America.

 Maroon Communities.


 Free Black communities.

 Formed by runaway slaves
since the beginning of

 Frequent formation in
plantation zones.

 Threat to the established
colonial order.

Map of Pernambuco, Brazil, representing the maroon
community of Palmares. Frans Post, 1647.

Quilombo of Palmares

 Largest of the Americas.

 Formed during the Dutch invasion of Brazil

 Sugar-growing area.

 Confederation.

 10,000 to 20,000 people.

 Zumbi of Palmares (Leader)

 Defeated in 1694, after decades of fight
and negotiation.

Monument to Zumbi, leader of
the Parlmares maroon
Community. Downtown
Salvador, Brazil.

Native and African Resistance

 Rural zones: free maroon communities.

 Urban centers: self-purchase and lay brotherhoods.

 Indigenous Americans also resisted.

 Shaped colonial societies.

 Today: fight against the legacy of slavery, overexploitation, and

  • The Colonial Order in the Americas
  • Recap ~1492-1560
  • The “Colonial Middle”
  • This Lecture
  • Spanish America: Colonial Government
  • Colonial Government
  • Spanish Colonial Government
  • “Two Republics”
  • Spanish America: Economy and Society
  • Two Republics and Stability
  • The Colonial Economy
  • Native Labor
  • Spanish America: Society, Race, and Religion
  • Race and Social Hierarchy
  • Calidad
  • Número do slide 16
  • Catholicism
  • Sugar and Slavery
  • Slavery: Where and Why?
  • Slavery in the Americas
  • Sugar Plantations
  • Plantations
  • Gold and Slavery in Brazil
  • Meanwhile, in the Caribbean
  • Violence
  • Resistance
  • Indigenous Resistance
  • Urban Slavery
  • Urban Blacks and Freedom Strategies
  • Black Lay Brotherhoods
  • Rural Slaves
  • Maroon Communities
  • Quilombo of Palmares
  • Native and African Resistance