The informal trade network of the Manila Galleon
The Manila Galleons were trade ships that linked the Philippines and Mexico between the 16th and 18th centuries, then part of the Spanish dominions. Their role in trans-Pacific trade was instrumental as they carried silks, ceramics, spices and silver between Acapulco and Manila. However, our knowledge about the informal side of this trade is rather limited. The EU-funded TRANSPACIFIC project will focus on its impact on human-environment interaction. It will check contraband trading, as well as the diffusion of diseases, the role of technologies, the spread of knowledge, and the contacts between populations across the Pacific.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant