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When proof is not enough: An Ottoman merchant in the Gibraltar Vice-Admiralty Court in the 1760s

When proof is not enough: An Ottoman merchant in the Gibraltar Vice-Admiralty Court in the 1760s

Talbot, Michael ORCID: 0000-0001-7198-1422 (2017) When proof is not enough: An Ottoman merchant in the Gibraltar Vice-Admiralty Court in the 1760s. Quaderni Storici, 51 (3). pp. 753-776. ISSN 0301-6307 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1408/86403)

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Abstract

This article examines the litigation of an Ottoman merchant based in Algiers in the vice-admiralty court of Algiers in 1760. It examines the importance of legal proofs for merchants traversing the Mediterranean world, and the ability of such merchants to record transactions and interactions along the way, as well as to subsequently call on witnesses from near and far. The case examined here sees documents compiled in Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and English, constructing a solid legal case, which was rejected by the British on the grounds of setting a precedent and privileging a «Moor» over a British subject. This then raises the question of the validity of proofs in different Mediterranean settings, with the Ottoman merchant’s diverse and thorough documentation rejected in Gibraltar when it would have been entirely admissible in another legal setting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legal proofs, Mediterranean commerce, Ottoman history, Ottoman Algiers
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 10:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17411

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