Consumption Habits, Fashions, and Taste for Asian Manufactured Goods among Elites in Mexico City and Seville

in The Atlantic World and the Manila Galleons
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Cheaper prices and family networks closer to Asia favoured an easier access to Asian goods by the elites of Spanish America than by the elites of Castile. However, price and distribution methods were not the only elements that regulated access to Asian novelties in the Spanish Empire. Taste preferences, which were determined by the shape of different identities and practices, affected the demand for Asian manufactures among the Empire’s elite. This chapter copes with the different significance that Asian manufactured goods held in New Spain and Castile according to the diverse social and cultural environments in which they were integrated, and the different ways of using such goods in their respective social spheres.