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By Arturo Giraldez

This groundbreaking ebook offers the 1st complete historical past of the Manila galleons, which marked the real starting of a world economic system. Arturo Giraldez, the world’s best pupil of the galleons, lines the increase of the maritime direction, which begun with the founding of town of Manila in 1571 and led to 1815 whilst the final galleon left the port of Acapulco in New Spain (Mexico) for the Philippines, setting up an everlasting connection among the Spanish empire in the USA with Asian nations, most significantly China, the most provider of commodities in the course of that period. in the course of the two-and-a-half-century background of the Manila galleons, the strategic commodity fuelling international networks was once continuously silver. Giraldez exhibits how this most crucial of necessary metals formed international historical past, with affects that reach to the present.

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