The Manila Galleons – An American Bridge from Asia to Europe

in The Atlantic World and the Manila Galleons
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This book has described how the Pacific Ocean and the Manila Galleon route, alongside and connected to the Atlantic World, constituted a globalising arena of the early modern era; it also demonstrates that processes considered by historiography since the 1970s as pre-eminently northwestern European actually derived from developments in non-European areas. This chapter summarises how the trade across the Pacific ocean contributed to increasing global interdependence in the late sixteenth century and the first half of the seventeenth century.