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Madeira 1660-1815

In 1640 Portugal, under the HOUSE OF BRAGANCA, had regained it's independence and it's colonial possessions, among them Madeira. The good Portuguese-British relations resulted in increased exports of Madeira wine to England; despite that, the islands' economy was sluggish and Madeirans continued to emigrate to Brazil.
In 1766, Madeira gained the right to mint coins. The temporary abolishment of slavery, ordered by Portugal's strongman Marquis de Pombal in 1775, caused difficulties for the Madeiran plantation economy.

History of Madeira, from SDM

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First posted on May 22nd 2001, last revised on November 6th 2004

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