Company of Guinea

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Guinea Company
Companhia da Guiné
Industry International trade
Fate Dissolved
Successor Casa da Índia
Founded 1482
Defunct 1503 (1503)
Headquarters Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal
Area served
Portuguese Empire
Key people
Manuel I of Portugal

The Company of Guinea was an official Portuguese governing institution whose task was to deal with spices imported during the Age of Discovery. It was called Casa da Guiné (House of Guinea), Casa da Guiné e Mina from 1482 to 1483 and Casa da Índia e da Guiné in 1499, or simply Casa da Índia. It monitored and enforced the Crown's monopoly, coordinated voyages, maintained warehouses, fixed prices, and performed other roles associated with the Spice trade.

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