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The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565-1815 (in English)

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27 Jan 2018 16:00-17:30

Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales are the authors of “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”. 

Peter Gordon
Editor, Asian Review of Books
 
Juan José Morales
Historian
 
In 1565, the navigator Andrés de Urdaneta discovered a sailing route across the Pacific, from the Philippines to New Spain (today's Mexico), linking Asia and America. 
 
This discovery led to the trading route known as the Manila Galleon or Nao de China, which served the exchange of Chinese silk and porcelain and other Asian goods for American silver for 250 years.
 
As the longest-lasting shipping route in history, this ‘Ruta de la Plata’, also known as the ‘Silver Way’, catalyzed economic and cultural exchange. It ushered in the first era of globalisation, laid the foundations for the first global currency (the “real de a ocho” or Spanish dollar) and gave rise to the first ‘world city’, Mexico.
 
Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales question the conventional narrative of globalisation and discuss whether the past could teach us more about China today.
 
Free with museum admission and no booking required.