The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Reader of Primary Sources, Christina H Lee (ed), Ricardo Padrón (ed) (Amsterdam University Press, March 2020)
Back in the day, whenever one was in a waiting room or vestibule, one would likely come across a copy of “Reader’s Digest”, which would include a diverse selection of pieces, often abridged, often extracts from elsewhere: easy reading, something to interest anyone and everyone, thought-provoking but not enough to require too much mental exertion. Continue reading
The baroque in Spain is often known as the Siglo de Oro or the “Golden Age” for the incomparable accomplishments of its writers and artists, an exuberance funded in no small part by the riches of the New World.
But it was Spanish America’s silver rather than its gold which from 1565 tied the Spanish-speaking world to Asia, via the China ships or Manila galleons whose annual sailings connected Manila and Acapulco. The flowering of Spanish arts and letters during the Siglo de Oro was paralleled by the tremendous growth of commerce along la ruta de la plata, or Silver Way.
— From the introduction to Love in the Time of Silver: Baroque romantic Spanish poetry and prose, prepared for 2018 Hong Kong Book Fair and the Spanish Consulate-General in Hong Kong and Macau. Presented on 18 July.
The South China Morning Post has launched a series of unique infographics detailing, in a very accessible format, the Manila Galleon or, as they entitle it, “The China Ship”. It is now complete:
A study recent, reported in Science, discovered that
about one-third of the people sampled in Guerrero, the Pacific coastal state … had up to 10% Asian ancestry [and] that they were most closely related to populations from the Philippines and Indonesia.
This genetic result tallies with the historical record.