From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and by Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal, Zephyr Frank

By Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal, Zephyr Frank

Demonstrating that globalization is a centuries-old phenomenon, From Silver to Cocaine examines the commodity chains that experience attached manufacturers in Latin the USA with shoppers all over the world for 5 hundred years. In transparent, available essays, historians from Latin the USA, England, and the us hint the trails of a lot of Latin America’s most vital exports: espresso, bananas, rubber, sugar, tobacco, silver, henequen (fiber), fertilizers, cacao, cocaine, indigo, and cochineal (insects used to make dye). every one contributor follows a selected commodity from its inception, via its improvement and delivery, to its ultimate vacation spot within the palms of shoppers. The essays are prepared in chronological order, based on whilst the construction of a selected commodity turned major to Latin America’s financial system. Some—such as silver, sugar, and tobacco—were actively produced and traded within the 16th century; others—such as bananas and rubber—only on the finish of the 19th century; and cocaine basically within the twentieth.

By concentrating on altering styles of creation and intake over the years, the members reconstruct advanced webs of relationships and financial strategies, highlighting Latin America’s primary and interactive position on the earth financial system. They convey how alterations in espresso intake behavior, garments models, drug utilization, or tire applied sciences in Europe, Asia, and the Americas reverberate via Latin American commodity chains in profound methods. The social and monetary results of the continent’s export adventure were combined. by way of interpreting the dynamics of a variety of commodities over a five-hundred-year interval, From Silver to Cocaine highlights this range whilst that it offers a foundation for comparability and issues to new methods of doing worldwide history.

Contributors. Marcelo Bucheli, Horacio Crespo, Zephyr Frank, Paul Gootenberg, Robert Greenhill, Mary Ann Mahony, Carlos Marichal, David McCreery, Rory Miller, Aldo Musacchio, Laura Nater, Ian learn, Mario Samper, Steven Topik, Allen Wells

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In the second half of the sixteenth century and the first decades of the seventeenth century, the shipments of silver were also fundamental to financing of the administration of the Habsburg Empire in Flanders and Germany, most particularly for the financing of armies and wars. It is impossible to conceive of alternative means of financing the military forces and imperial projects of Charles V, Philip II, and Philip III, at a time ≥∏ carlos marichal when the Spanish monarchy became the leading power in Europe.

By this time, di√erences in silver/gold ratios had diminished substantially, and as a result, profits on what was strictly the silver or money trade diminished. Nonetheless, throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, European merchants continued to find silver pesos to be in great demand in China. Moreover, several studies on the various East India companies (English, Dutch, and French) demonstrate that they continued to be active in the business of acquiring Spanish-American silver pesos for their abundant and diverse trade with China and India.

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