Despina Vlami

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
Netherlands Institute, Makri 11 &
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The Netherlands Institute at Athens

cordially invites you to the lecture

The Cardamici-De Vogel collaboration and a Dutch masterclass of international trade in the 18th century


Despina Vlami

Research Director, Research Center for Medieval and Modern Hellenism of the Academy of Athens

The Dutch merchant Thomas De Vogel, founder of the “Thomas De Vogel & Zoon”, represented the Ottoman Greek merchants Bartholo and Raphael Cardamici, in Amsterdam between 1760 and 1771. The letters he addressed to them during this period present their co-operation unfolding between Amsterdam, Smyrna, and Constantinople where the Cardamici had their offices and extending to Vienna and Livorno. The Cardamici exchanged Levantine products with Western European manufactures and colonial goods and Thomas De Vogel was their commercial correspondent in Amsterdam’s market offering them valuable services on commission. The letters examined reveal the course of their business transactions and the making of their personal relationship. They offer an insight on a wealth of information concerning the daily practice of trade and the operation of commercial networks between the Ottoman Empire and the Netherlands. They are also comprehensive and efficient tutorials on trading business and strategy, referring to the organization techniques and customs of international trade.