Mesa redonda «La plata y el Pacífico: China, Hispanoamérica y el nacimiento de la globalización, de los siglos XVI al XIX»

casaasiaEl ensayo La plata y el Pacífico aborda el circuito de la plata del Pacífico, un capítulo de la historia menos conocido, en el que sus autores, Peter Gordon y Juan José Morales, constatan, entre otros, que el “tornaviaje” descubierto por Urdaneta en 1565, una ruta marítima hacia el Este, desde Filipinas hasta Nueva España, que unió por fin Asia y América, y la fundación de la ciudad de Manila por Miguel de Legazpi en 1571, dieron lugar al establecimiento de una línea mercantil, conocida como el Galeón de Manila o la Nao de China, que durante casi 250 años unió China y el resto de Asia con la América española. Esta ruta transpacífica, catalizadora de intercambios económicos y culturales, no sería otra ruta de la seda, sino su continuación; en realidad una “ruta de la plata”.

Martes 14 de junio de 2022, a las 10.00 h CEST Online.

Lecture at the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong, 27 June 2019

rasJuan José Morales and Peter Gordon will discuss “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565-1815”

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 18:30-20:00

Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Cafe 8

11 Man Kwong Street Central, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

ecnuLecture at East China Normal University, Shanghai, 6 June, 2019

Juan José Morales will discuss “When the Dollar Spoke Spanish” in a session on “Genealogies of Money in the Global Age”.

The Silver Way/La Ruta de la Plata: What’s Past is Present“: Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA), Washington, 4 February 2019

logo-ascoa-globalhead[1]Please join AS/COA for an evening of culture and conversation on Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and the early roots of Trans-Pacific trade. Peter Gordon, co-author of The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815, will be presenting on the main themes of the book and discuss their relevance to contemporary affairs. Light refreshments and wine will be served

February 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

1615 L Street, NW – Suite 250, Washington, DC

Registration: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.


Conference: “Transpacific Connectivity Through the Manila Galleon: Southeast Asia, the Pacific Coast of the Americans and Spain”, Thammasat University, Bangkok, 8-9 October

42639531_692078447824665_4391229062270418944_o[1]Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales will be delivering presentations and papers at the conference: “1565: the most important date that the world forgot” (Juan José Morales) and “The ‘Silver Way’ and the birth of globalisation: lessons for East Asian-Latin American relations today” (Peter Gordon)

“The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”, 13 September, King’s College London

lci-peter-gordon-copy[1]Peter Gordon: Long before London and New York rose to international prominence, a trading route was discovered between Spanish America and China that ushered in a new era of globalisation. The “Ruta de la Plata” or “Silver Way” catalysed economic and cultural exchange, built the foundations for the first global currency in the Spanish and Mexican pesos, and led to the rise of the first “world city”. And yet, for all its importance, the “Silver Way” and Manila galleons that traversed it have too often been neglected in conventional narratives on the birth of globalisation.

Kings-College-London-logo1[1]This talk will recap the history of the “Ruta de la Plata”, its connection to past and future “Silk Roads”, how it can inform an understanding of China’s global role today, its relevance to the extension of the Belt & Road Initiative to Latin America, and what financial lessons there might from the time when “the dollar spoke Spanish”.

Free, 13 September, 13:30-15:00 King’s College London

“Romance Along The Silver Way: Baroque Love Poetry And Prose From The Spanish-speaking World”

bookfair2018Hong Kong Book Fair, co-organised with Consulate General of Spain in Hong Kong and Macau, Asian Review of Books and Penguin China. 18 July 2018, 6:30pm.

Introduction to and readings from the original and new translations of Garcilaso de la Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Luis de Góngora, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Miguel de Cervantes and more.

“When the Dollar Spoke Spanish: How the Manila Galleon trade gave rise to the world’s global currency”, 19 March at AmCham, Guangzhou

masthead_new_logo[1]In the 1730s, Spain introduced ‘milled’ dollars in the Mexican mint. As a result of their regularity and security features, these coins became the most widely accepted currency in the world and, indeed, the first to approach universal acceptance. Not only does the US dollar derive directly from these coins, but the Yuan, Yen, HK dollar, Ringgit and other Asian coins and currencies are, via the later Mexican dollar, also direct descendants.

Auditorium, AmCham South China Tower,Suite 1801, Guangzhou International Sourcing Center, No.8 East Pazhou Avenue, Guangzhou Registration

Further details via Consulate General of Spain in Guanzhou.

27 January at Hong Kong Maritime Museum

marmuseumJuan José Morales and Peter Gordon discuss the Silver Way and Ruta de la plata.

27 Jan 2018, 16:00-17:30. Free with museum admission and no booking required.

15 November at Hong Kong University

logo_hkulib[1]Juan José Morales and Peter Gordon discuss the Silver Way and Ruta de la plata.

6:30-8:00 pm, Special Collections, 1/F, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong

9 November at the Americas Society / Council of the Americas, New York City

logo-ascoa-globalhead[1]Peter Gordon is joined by Diego Gómez Pickering, Consul-General of Mexico in New York and Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

9:00am, 9 November. Details and registration.

19 October at the Asia Society, Hong Kong

The Silver Way – One Belt One Road: Models of Globalization: With Peter Gordon, Jiang Shixue Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Le Xia (BBVA), Reuben Mondejar (IESE Business School), Alicia García Herrero (Natixis) and Robert Lustberg (Banco Santander).

China’s outward globalization to its west and south has been given the name One Belt One Road and seen as a modern-day reincarnation of the historical Silk Road (or Roads). China’s increasing ties with Latin America and the Philippines also have a historical precedent — for 250 years, the “Manila Galleon” were the transports for the “Silver Way” (or “Ruta de la Plata”), bringing American silver to underpin China’s money supply while taking back silk, porcelains, and other goods for the American and European markets. Indeed, starting in 1565, the “Silver Way” ushered in our current globalized world.

In this session, experts who cover modern trade and investment relations between the countries of the Silver Way will discuss the significance of China’s outward globalization across the Pacific and the current developments in relations between China and Latin America in which Hong Kong and its institutions potentially have a central role to play.

Detail and registration at the Asia Society Hong Kong.

7 Sept at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, Washington DC 20009

8LCGJJ71_400x400[1]In collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Philippines, SPAIN arts & culture will host a presentation by Peter Gordon, co-author of the book The Silver Way, Margaret Myers, Director of the China and Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue and Tatiana Seijas, Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University.

Details and registration at

19 July: “The Silver Way: Travel-writing Across the Pacific of the 16th-19th Centuries” at the Hong Kong Book Fair

bookfairlogoThe Consulate-General of Spain in Hong Kong and Macau together with the Consulates-General of Mexico, the Philippines, Peru and Colombia want to introduce you to the forgotten history of the 16th-19th century Silver Way, the trans-Pacific successor to the Silk Road, bringing interesting parallels with today’s One Belt One Road.

The Hong Kong Book Fair, 19 July 18:30. Details and registration.

8-9 June in Beijing at the Instituto Cervantes and The Bookworm

institutocervantesInstituto Cervantes (“mesa redonda” in Spanish with Chinese translation), 8 June, 6:30pm , in Salón de actos, A1 Gongti Nanlu, 100020 Chaoyang. Details here.

bookwormBeijing Bookworm, 9 June 7:30pm  9 Jun 2017. Bookings here.

22 May at Royal Geographical Society, Hong Kong

The Royal Geographical Society is delighted to welcome Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales to speak.  In this lecture, Messrs Gordon and Morales describe how, long before London and New York rose to international prominence, a trading route was discovered between Spanish America and China, that ushered in a new era of globalisation.

6:30pm for 7:30pm, Macquarie Securities, Level 22, One International Finance Centre, 1 Harbour View Street, Central. Details and registration.

institutocervantes22 April ~ Manila: Juan José Morales at the Instituto Cervantes Manila “Día del Libro”

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City 4:00pm

ycw28 March: Young China Watchers (Hong Kong) is hosting for Peter Gordon and Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales for a discussion on “The Silver Way” (“La Ruta de la Plata”) and its relevance to international relations and business today.

MyHouse, 26/F, 202 Queen’s Road East, QRE Plaza, Wanchai, 7:00pm. Register here.

21 March: “Write Stuff” talk on “writing with a co-author”

ws“Write Stuff” is a series of informal Hong Kong talks and seminars featuring writers, journalists, publishers, agents and industry experts. Each talk will focus on a particular theme, followed by a moderated Q&A.

On Tuesday, March 21, join us as Peter and Juan will discuss the process of writing with a co-author and offer advice on how to best navigate this relationship. Reception at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. start. Register here.

13 March at Macau University of Science and Technology

Peter Gordon y Juan José Morales, 15:00. En español.

12 March at the Macau Literary Festival.

Macau Literary FestivalPeter Gordon and Juan José Morales, 4:30pm at the Old Court Building.


1 March 2017: Please join authors Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales for a reception, open-house & book-signing.

paddyfieldlogo6:00-7:30pm,, Unit 1506-7, 15/F, Pacific Plaza, 418 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong [HKU MTR, exit B2]. Please RSVP to

21 February 2017: reception coinciding with exhibition opening “Echoes of the Manila Galleon c. 1585-1815”

wattis6:30-8:30pm, Wattis Fine Art Gallery, 20 Hollywood Road, 2/F, Central, Hong Kong. Please RSVP to

18 January 2017: reception and book launch (Hong Kong)

Spanish Consulate General6:00-8:00pm at the The Vault, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Hong Kong. Kindly hosted by the Spanish Consulate General in Hong Kong & Macau. Please RSVP to