The Commerce of Oranges in the XVIIIth Century

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Professor Blondy takes us back to the fascinating eighteenth century where the orange is still a luxury item and its trade restricted.

In the European and Mediterranean world, the orange was not yet truly considered a produce for consumption and trade as it was bitter in taste. It was only as a result of the Portuguese introducing, into Europe, the sweet type from Ceylon and China, in the late fifteenth century, that is began to attract growers. Malta was soon to become a centre for this commerce, strengthened by the presence of two Portuguese Grand Masters, Anton Manoel de Vilhena (1722-1736) and Manoel Pinto de Fonseca (1741-1773). Through the correspondence between Abbé Louis Savoye in Malta and his father Joseph, in Paris, an unusual window is opened. In the context of the socio-political background of the late eighteenth century, and the French Revolution round the corner, we witness the development and difficulties in cultivating and promoting this delicate citrus fruit.

Professor at the Sorbanne (Paris IV), Alain Blondy has specialised in the Mediterranean world up to the present times. His main interest is Malta and the Barbary States. Author of countless articles which have appeared in French magazines as well as foreign pulications, he has published: un guide culturel de Malte (A Cultural Guide on Malta, Arthaud, 1997) une Histoire de Chypre (A History of Cyprus, Que sais-je?, Puf 1998), presented an abridge version of Tripoly de Barbarie Tripoly, by Froment de Champlagarde (Bouchène 2001) and the re-print of Américains-et-Barbaresques (Americans and Barbaresques by Emile Dupuy, Bouchène, 2002), l’Ordre  de Malte au XVIIIe siècle (The Order of Malta in the XVIIIth Century, Bouchène, 2002) Relations et échange dans le monde  méditerranée de la chute de Constantinople (1453)  àla reconquête ottoman de Tripoli (1835), Outil bibliographique (Trade and Diplomatic Relations in the Mediterranean from the Fall of Constantinople (1453) to the Ottoman Reconquet of Tipoli (1835), Bibliographical References, Presses de l’université de Paris_sorbanne 2003)

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Weight 385.0000 g
Dimensions 21 × 14.8 cm
Pages 247
ISBN 978-99932-061-3-2
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