1st Edition

American Globalization, 1492–1850 Trans-Cultural Consumption in Spanish Latin America

    326 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    326 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Following a study on the world flows of American products during early globalization, here the authors examine the reverse process. By analyzing the imperial political economy, the introduction, adaptation and rejection of new food products in America, as well as of other European, Asian and African goods, American Globalization, 1492–1850, addresses the history of consumerism and material culture in the New World, while also considering the perspective of the history of ecological globalization.

    This book shows how these changes triggered the formation of mixed imagined communities as well as of local and regional markets that gradually became part of a global economy. But it also highlights how these forces produced a multifaceted landscape full of contrasts and recognizes the plurality of the actors involved in cultural transfers, in which trade, persuasion and violence were entwined. The result is a model of the rise of consumerism that is very different from the ones normally used to understand the European cases, as well as a more nuanced vision of the effects of ecological imperialism, which was, moreover, the base for the development of unsustainable capitalism still present today in Latin America.

    Chapters 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, and 13 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com


    Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla

    Part I: The Political Economy of the Spanish Empire and the introduction of Eurasian Goods in the New World

    1. Trans-Imperial, Transnational and Decentralized: The Traffic of African Slaves to Spanish America and Across the Isthmus of Panama, 1508–1651

    Alejandro García-Montón

    2. "The Reader’s Information" and "Norte de la Contratación". The Translation and Circulation of Commercial Information Between Seville and London Around 1700

    José Manuel Díaz Blanco

    3. European Imperialism, War, Strategic Commodities, and Ecological Limits: The Diffusion of Hemp in Spanish South America and Its Ghost Fibers

    Manuel Díaz-Ordóñez

    4. Spanish Women as Agents for a New Material Culture in Colonial Spanish America

    Amelia Almorza Hidalgo

    Part II: Food and Empire

    5. The Introduction of Poultry Farming to the Indigenous People of the New Kingdom of Granada, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

    Gregorio Saldarriaga

    6. Gifts, Imitation, Violence and Social Change: The Introduction of European Products in the First Decades of the American Conquest

    Luis Miguel Córdoba Ochoa

    7. Rice Revisited from Colonial Panama: Its Cultivation and Exportation

    Bethany Aram and Manuel Enrique García-Falcón

    8. In the Kitchen: Slave Agency and African Cuisine in the West Indies

    Ilaria Berti

    9. Food, Colonialism and the Quantum of Happiness

    Rebecca Earle

    Part III: America and the Eurasian Products in a Global Perspective

    10. Elites, Women and Chinese Porcelain in New Spain and in Andalusia, circa 1600: A Global History

    José L. Gasch-Tomás

    11. "That in the Reducciones Had Been Noise of Weapons...": The Introduction of Firearms in the Seventeenth-Century Jesuit Missions of Paraguay

    Omar Svriz-Wucherer

    12. Transatlantic Markets and the Consumption of Sevillian Art in the Viceroyalty of Peru: The Portobello Fairs in Tierra Firme (Seventeenth Century)

    Fernando Quiles


    13. From Goods to Commodities in Spanish America: Structural Changes and Ecological Globalization from the Perspective of the European History of Consumption

    Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla


    Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla is Full Professor at Universidad Pablo de  Olavide, Spain.

    Ilaria Berti teaches history of the Americas at Università degli Studi di  Firenze, Italy.

    Omar Svriz-Wucherer is Postdoctoral Researcher at Project GECEM  (ERC-StG.- 679371) and teaches Early Modern History at Universidad  Pablo de Olavide, Spain.