Since 1600, The Puigcerdà family has continued to be heavily active in the salt trade.
Our Jewish friends have provided us links to a new market in Livorno; although much of
the salt we provide is brought into the city by way of smuggling.1 Salt merchants in Ibiza
have also been able to tap into Venetian markets as well.2 Our Jewish friends and their
connections have become crucial to Venetian commerce because of their access to special
trading privileges, especially in the lands of the Turks in the Levant.3 Indeed, Ibicenco salt
continues to be a valuable trade good, traveling vast distances to foreign lands. However, this
commerce abroad by itself has by no means guaranteed peace and prosperity at home on the
island. Ibiza and surrounding islands are constantly vulnerable to raids by the Barbary
pirates. Look out towers have been constructed along the shore of the island, and the
peasants are often forced to take refuge within our churches when the attacks transpire.
Luckily, our Corsarios do their best to keep the pirates at bay, plundering them at every
1 Francesca Trivellato, “The Sephardic Diaspora and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” Cal Tech, April 5, 2008, pg. 26, http://people.hss.caltech.edu/~jlr/events/Sephardic_Diaspora.pdf, accessed 25 February 2016.
2 Molly Greene, “Merchant of Venice, Merchant of Istanbul,” Princeton University, February 2, 2007, pg. 13, http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/private/ierc/conference_registration/papers/Greene.pdf, accessed 26 February 2016.
3 Eric R. Dursteler, Venetians in Constantinople: Nation, Identity, and Coexistence in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), 108.
opportunity. Interestingly, the work of our Corsarios provides a great deal of expensive
goods to the island, and generally benefits Ibiza economically speaking.4
4 Sue Bryant, Ibiza and Formentera (UK: New Holland Publishers, 2007), https://books.google.com/books?id=uZbxkcaKFVMC&pg=PA111&dq=ibiza+and+formentera&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdtcSar5TLAhWK6yYKHT8eCyMQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=ibiza%20and%20formentera&f=false, accessed 25 February 2016, pgs. 12-13.