Making The Exotic Mundane: The Manila Galleon, The Flota, And Globalization

Author(s): Russell K Skowronek

Year: 2017


For two and one half centuries from 1565-1815 the Manila Galleons navigated the vast expanses of the Pacific laden with the highly desired exotica of Asia- spices, fine textiles, and glistening porcelains. Acapulco, while the terminal port for the eastward-bound vessels was in reality the starting point for the distribution of their cargoes to the Iberian motherland and to the farthest corners of their colonial New World empire.   These commodities not only captivated the imagination of Spain’s elites through conspicuous consumption but they also would share in the transformation of peoples of all social standings into participants in the nascent global economy. To illustrate these transformation this diachronic presentation draws on archaeological and documentary evidence from both shipwreck and terrestrial sites in California, Texas, Florida, Mexico, the Philippines and the waters of the Atlantic dating from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.

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Making The Exotic Mundane: The Manila Galleon, The Flota, And Globalization. Russell K Skowronek. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435321)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 406