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Making the first global trade route : the southeast Asian foundations of the Acapulco-Manila galleon trade, 1519-1650

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Title: Making the first global trade route : the southeast Asian foundations of the Acapulco-Manila galleon trade, 1519-1650
Authors: Peterson, Andrew Christian
Keywords: annual voyages
Issue Date: Aug 2014
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2014]
Abstract: This study examines the means by which the Acapulco-Manila galleon trade was established and maintained in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Conducting annual voyages between the ports of Acapulco in New Spain and Manila in the Philippines required a tremendous amount of supporting infrastructure, namely labor and an ample supply of timber and other shipbuilding materials. Previous studies of the galleon trade have overwhelmingly focused on the commercial aspects of the trade while foregoing any consideration of the logistical challenges of sailing across the world's largest ocean in the early modern era.
It is the conclusion of this study that while the merchants and trade goods of East Asia were crucial to the trans-Pacific trade, the galleons themselves were built and maintained within the Philippines, using locally sourced building materials and laborers, as well as the skill of indigenous craftsmen and seafarers. It was not just Spaniards and Chinese traders coming together to trade at Manila, but also many thousands of Indio laborers working to support the trade as well. The vast array of necessary human and environmental resources that was readily available in the Philippines will be shown to have been a part of a thriving Southeast Asian maritime seafaring community, the foundations of which came to form the supporting structure of Spain's trans-Pacific endeavors. This dissertation revisits the creation of the Acapulco-Manila galleon trade with consideration given to the Indios of the Philippines, the resources of greater Southeast Asia, and the global context in which the trade developed
Description: Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2014.
Includes bibliographical references.
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