Trade established in Colonia del Sacramento, which is intended to present as minor smuggling, for 80 or 90 years was financed not only from Lisbon or Porto, capitals in Amsterdam, London and Paris, which in turn were associated with big companies on the African coast, Goa also partnered in the India, Kolkata and up to Nagasaki in Japan. Prof. Raul Rossello handed one of the fundamental keys to the understanding of the history of Colonia del Sacramento me in 1999. Thank you. You should visualize the dynamics of historical events since 1492 without forgetting, (quite the opposite) intentionally secondary order on the great stage actors. In the great story. Truly were the Portuguese who wanted, planned and ended up developing the new factory? If the basic factors of discovery, conquest and colonisation in our continent were primarily economic order of imperial territorial expansion and finally a religious character; Why should you change in our case? Or there were other perhaps more important factors for Europeans than that? We have always referred to the Colonia del Sacramento as a Portuguese city.
And it is true. But there is an added value very important and impossible to ignore. Were who these Portuguese? Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands with links in France, England, Italy, Turkey and North Africa that keeping their family and economic ties develop their businesses in the area. In the ongoing historical research we have discovered dozens of these, and is from the beginning of the new colony, its origin, its culture, its economic interests, they are direct and very strongly related to the emigre Dutch Portuguese Jewish community (expelled) from Spain in 1492 and Portugal a few years later (1497) with bases in Amsterdam, but also with AntwerpFlanders, Avignon, London, Venice, the Moroccan Mediterranean coast and many other points African or Asian dedicated to Commerce. Based on thousands of documents, now impossible to hide or ignore trade to and from the Rio de la Plata from the end of the 16th century, the 17TH century and 18th century is where I found the tracks.