The Age of Trade

The Manila Galleons and the Dawn of the Global Economy

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  • 144224352X
  • 9780742556638
  • 9781442243521
This groundbreaking book presents the first full history of the Manila galleons, which marked the true beginning of a global economy. Arturo Giraldez, the world’s leading scholar of the galleons, traces the rise of the maritime route, which began with the founding of the city of Manila in 1571 and ended in 1815 when the last galleon left the port of Acapulco in New Spain (Mexico) for the Philippines, establishing a permanent connection between the Spanish empire in America with Asian countries, most importantly China, the main supplier of commodities during that era. Throughout the two-and-a-half-century history of the Manila galleons, the strategic commodity fuelling global networks was always silver. Giraldez shows how this most important of precious metals shaped world history, with influences that stretch to the present.
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; March 2015
  • ISBN 9781442243521
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  • Title: The Age of Trade
  • Author: Arturo Giraldez
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 144224352X
  • 9780742556638
  • 9781442243521

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The Age of Trade: The Manila Galleons and the Dawn of the Global Economy—a definitive treatment of the galleon line that sustained the commercial exchanges between China and the Spanish American colonies for almost 250 years—restores the missing link. . . .The Manila galleons serve as a powerful lens to understand the period and the region. While The Age of Trade acts as a summary of early historic relations between East Asia and the West, explaining China’s central role in global trade as well as the particular role of the Philippines, it also connects monetary history, climate change and the environment to reveal that the effects of this initial foray into globalization and world trade when first took place bear striking resemblance to those today. . . .On a larger scale, The Age of Trade reveals that the effects of world trade had already then begun to resemble much those today if not indeed foretell them. The benefits of a connected world seem immediately apparent. However, this first global trade led to major dislocations and displacements, exploitation and sunk many into dependence; it also caused environmental degradation, effects that then, as now, are not always transparent. The Manila Galleon may seem a world away from our own, but the reality is that it is strikingly close.

About The Author

Arturo Giraldez is professor of modern languages and literature at the University of the Pacific.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 144224352X
  • 9780742556638
  • 9781442243521