Thursday, February 11, 2016
Bits of history we missed
I quote from what NLB sent us,
From 1565 to 1815, galleon ships routinely made Trans-Pacific roundtrip voyages, carrying American silver (mined in Mexico and Peru) to Manila. There, the largely Hokkien traders and settlers in the Parián, Manila's Chinatown, acted as intermediaries in the trade of American silver for Chinese silk, porcelain, spices and other precious commodities from the larger Indian Ocean and Nanyang world. Chinese and other Asian goods also made their way from Mexico across the Atlantic to Spain and Europe.
Join Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History, American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, USA, as she shares the critical role of the Parián in the establishment of the global trading system.
As I think about the TPP, this is a reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before.
Posted by PengYou at 12:09 PM