Commerce in the Pacific and the Atlantic and Interaction between the Two Oceans

in The Atlantic World and the Manila Galleons
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As the circulation of Asian goods extended through the Spanish Empire, merchants of the New Spain viceroyalty were integrating the trade of Asian products into their businesses and thereby increasing the level of such trade. This chapter examines the extent of trade in Asian goods throughout the Empire in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It also copes with the connection of economic and geopolitical dynamics rooted in both the Atlantic World and East Asia upon which the trans-Pacific trade, the re-exportation of Asian goods from New Spain to Iberia, and the later decline of the Manila Galleon trade, depended.