quiz2 - What role did Southeast Asian women play in...

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What role did Southeast Asian women play in European trade? Why? The Portuguese, the first Europeans to establish themselves in this world, had found intermarrying with such women to be an indispensible part of creating profitable and defensible colonies. Their wives were a perfect vehicle for making a fortune: they were well connected in and knowledgeable about local markets, often possessed of considerable capital. After profiting from the relatively high status of Southeast Asian women, one might take advantage of their low status in Dutch law to gain sole control of the family fortune, and then perhaps even return to the Netherlands to settle down with a "proper" wife. Foreigners tended to die young in India and Southeast Asia, leaving behind wealthy widows. Such women were often eagerly sought after by the next wave of incoming European adventures, enabling them to strike marriage bargains that safeguarded at least some of their independence. Trade managed by Eurasian women remained a crucial part of local and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GENED 111 taught by Professor Faunce during the Spring '08 term at Washington State University .

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