Portuguese Conversos and the manueline imperial idea - A preliminary study

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This is a preliminary study on Portuguese New Christian identities connected with Portuguese ideologies of maritime expansion, in which is being argued that a subgroup of converso wealthy "businessmen" of Lisbon led much of the revival of King Manuel I's imperial ideas by the end of the 16th century and at the beginning of the 17th century. Analyzing the Arch of Lisbon's Businessmen erected during the festivities of King Philip III (II)'s visit to Lisbon in 1619 and making a new interpretation of Duarte Gomes Solis's "arbítrios", the author claims that the revival of "Manueline imperial ideas" was a means to both promote the reactivation of colonial commerce with Portuguese India and a way to plead converso integration and social promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-61
Number of pages17
JournalAnais de Historia de Alem-Mar
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Businessmen
  • D. manuel I
  • Duarte gomes de solis
  • Empire
  • Filipe III (Filipe II)
  • Free will
  • New christians


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