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Lives on the move. Mobile identities and belonging in the Iberian Atlantic (1580–1700)

This project of Thomas Weller explores the relationship between mobility and boundary making from an actor-centred perspective. It focuses on foreign merchants of different »national« origins who were based in Seville and participated in the Atlantic trade. In pursuing their activities these merchants frequently crossed spatial, political and juridical borders and boundaries drawn by Spanish authorities. This project analyses how these practices of transgression and border crossing affected the construction of identities and senses of belonging.