Oceans of Wine: Madeira and the Emergence of American Trade and Taste (Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-century Culture & History) (The Lewis ... in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History) Hardcover – 8 Sep 2009
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'David Hancock's celebration of the production, distribution, and consumption of Madeira wine is a tour de force, opening up important new perspectives on life in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.' -Richard S. Dunn, University of Pennsylvania --Richard S. Dunn
About the Author
David Hancock is an associate professor of history, University of Michigan. He is the author of 'Citizens of the World: London Merchants and the Integration of the British Atlantic Community, 1735-1785', 'The Letters of William Freeman, 1678-1685', and 'History of World Trade since 1450'.
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Hancock traces the rise of Madeira wine in the 18th century from its development in the island of Madeira -- where producers continually tried new techniques to improve its appeal to customers -- through several distribution layers to the final drinkers in British America -- where people used it to show their status and refinement.
If you really want to know how international business was conducted before the 19th century, this book and Hancock's first book Citizens of the World are by far the most thorough and detailed. And readable, too.
Whether your locus is Madeira the wine - and what part 18th & 19th century US tastes influenced long term Maderia styles - or what part Madeira the wine played in early American commercial endeavors, this exhaustive volume will satisfy your curiosities. Cerebral at times, but worth the work!
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