Jesus Bohorquez


Economy and Society



J. Bohorquez gained his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the ICS — University of Lisbon and fellow at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.

Different private and public institutions have sponsored research that he has carried in several archives in Europe, the United States, and Latin America as well as research projects that he has submitted, among which are the Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal), the Max Plank Institute fur Rechsgeschichte (Frankfurt), the Harvard and Cambridge Joint Center for History and Economics-History project and Institute New Economic Thinking, the Slicher Van Bath de Jong Foundation-Center for Latin American Research and Documentation (Amsterdam), The John Carter Brown Library, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon).

He has already published two books, the last one with Routledge (Global Commerce in the Age of Enlightenment: Theories, practices, and Institutions in the eighteenth century), and 16 papers in internationally renowned journals (such as Journal of Global History, Itinerario, Iberian Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History) and national top ones in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. A new book is forthcoming next year on landownership in the Spanish Empire in the eighteenth century.

Research fields

  • Global economic history
  • Global Enlightenment
  • Political economy
  • Institutions and natural resources

Selected publications

  • Bohorquez, Jesus. Global Commerce in the Age of Enlightenment. Theories, Practices, and Institutions in the Eighteenth Century. Abingdon: Routledge, 2022. [link]
  • Bohorquez, Jesus. “Neither absolutism nor negotiation: Spanish empire building and political economy in the 18th century Caribbean,” Revista de Historia Economica – Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History 40 (2021): 313-348. [link]
  • Bohorquez, Jesus. “Linking the Atlantic and Indian Oceans: Asian textiles, Spanish silver, global capital, and the financing of the Portuguese–Brazilian slave trade (c.1760–1808),” Journal of Global History 15 (2020): 19-38. [link]
  • Bohorquez, Jesus. “ Para além do Atlântico sul: fundamentos institucionais e financeiros do tráfico de escravos do Rio de Janeiro em finais do século XVIII,” Revista de História 178 (2019): a08318. [PDF]

Main projects

  • Individual project “Networks, global capital, and stakeholders: Capitalism and the financing of Luso-Spanish slave trade (1780-1850)” — Hosted by the IHC and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (UIDB/04209/2020). 2023-



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