Saturday, December 15, 2018

Trans-Pacific Silver Trade: Four Great Resources

Studying the silver trade between 1450 and 1750. Here are four terrific resources. Three podcasts about silver and an awesome multimedia site about the Manila Galleon.

  1. 15 Minute History, a podcast from the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the trans-Pacific slave trade. Kristie Flannery, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas, describes Manila in the 16th century as the 12th largest city in the world serving the Spanish as a source of wealth through tax of natives, as an ideal location for trade with China, and Manila was a great location for the Spanish to convert natives to Christianity.
  2. In another 15 Minute History Episode, Kristie Flannery discusses the Trans-Pacific silver trade and argues that it marks the beginning of globalization. 
  3. Footnoting History Podcast has a great episode on the Potosi silver mine in the Andes mountains of modern-day Bolivia.
  4. The China Ship, from the South China Morning Post, is an awesome multimedia site all about the Manilla Galleon. Historian Kristie Flannery, calls the galleon the umbilical cord that connected Manilla to the Americas and Mexico. I made questions for each of the four chapters on the site.

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