Illicit trades and smuggling activities on the island of Stromboli, 1808–1816: gender roles during a commercial crisis

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of the Continental Blockade upon a local fishing and agricultural economy in the Mediterranean by focusing on the illicit trades that flourished on Stromboli. The island became a strategic location for smuggling between the warring kingdoms of British allied Naples and French ruled Sicily. This paper argues that the Blockade allowed Stromboli to join the network of maritime traffic that had been dominated by the two biggest islands in the archipelago. Although equally integrated into agriculture and fishing, women participated in the fraudulent sale of prize goods but were excluded from large-scale smuggling operations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-31
Number of pages21
JournalContinuity and Change
Volume35
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Social Sciences(all)

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