Following a study on the world flows of American products during early globalization, here the authors examine the reverse process. By analyzing the imperial political economy, the introduction, adaptation and rejection of new food products in America, as well as of other European, Asian and African goods, American Globalization, 1492–1850, addresses the history of consumerism and material culture in the New World, while also considering the perspective of the history of ecological globalization.

This book shows how these changes triggered the formation of mixed imagined communities as well as of local and regional markets that gradually became part of a global economy. But it also highlights how these forces produced a multifaceted landscape full of contrasts and recognizes the plurality of the actors involved in cultural transfers, in which trade, persuasion and violence were entwined. The result is a model of the rise of consumerism that is very different from the ones normally used to understand the European cases, as well as a more nuanced vision of the effects of ecological imperialism, which was, moreover, the base for the development of unsustainable capitalism still present today in Latin America.

Chapters 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, and 13 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com

chapter |10 pages

Introduction 1

ByBartolomé Yun-Casalilla

part Part I|90 pages

The Political Economy of the Spanish Empire and the Introduction of Eurasian Goods in the New World

chapter 1|19 pages

Trans-Imperial, Transnational and Decentralized

The Traffic of African Slaves to Spanish America and Across the Isthmus of Panama, 1508–1651
ByAlejandro García-Montón
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chapter 3|22 pages

European Imperialism, War, Strategic Commodities and Ecological Limits

The Diffusion of Hemp in Spanish South America and Its Ghost Fibers 1
ByManuel Díaz-Ordóñez
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chapter 4|23 pages

Spanish Women as Agents for a New Material Culture in Colonial Spanish America 1

ByAmelia Almorza Hidalgo
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part Part II|121 pages

Food and Empire

chapter 6|23 pages

Gifts, Imitation, Violence and Social Change

The Introduction of European Products in the First Decades of the American Conquest 1
ByLuis Miguel Córdoba Ochoa

chapter 7|23 pages

Rice Revisited From Colonial Panama

Its Cultivation and Exportation 1
ByBethany Aram, Manuel Enrique García-Falcón
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chapter 8|24 pages

In the Kitchen

Slave Agency and African Cuisine in the West Indies 1
ByIlaria Berti
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chapter 9|29 pages

Food, Colonialism and the Quantum of Happiness 1

ByRebecca Earle

part Part III|59 pages

America and the Eurasian Products in a Global Perspective

chapter 10|20 pages

Elites, Women and Chinese Porcelain in New Spain and in Andalusia, Circa 1600

A Global History 1
ByJosé L. Gasch-Tomás

chapter 11|21 pages

“That in the Reducciones Had Been Noise of Weapons …”

The Introduction of Firearms in the Seventeenth-Century Jesuit Missions of Paraguay 1
ByOmar Svriz-Wucherer
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chapter 12|16 pages

Transatlantic Markets and the Consumption of Sevillian Art in the Viceroyalty of Peru

The Portobelo Fairs in Tierra Firme (Seventeenth Century) 1
ByFernando Quiles

part |19 pages


chapter 13|17 pages

From Goods to Commodities in Spanish America

Structural Changes and Ecological Globalization From the Perspective of the European History of Consumption 1
ByBartolomé Yun-Casalilla
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