American Baroque

American Baroque

Pearls have enthralled global consumers since antiquity, and the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella explicitly charged Columbus with finding pearls, as well as gold and silver, when he sailed westward in 1492. American Baroque charts Spain's exploitation of Caribbean pearl fisheries to trace the genesis of its maritime empire. In the 1500s, licit and illicit trade in the jewel gave rise to global networks, connecting the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean to the… (more)

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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press (March 20, 2018)

Collection: Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press

Page count: 304 pages

Language: English


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