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The Resource American Baroque : Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700, Molly A. Warsh

American Baroque : Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700, Molly A. Warsh

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American Baroque : Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700
Title
American Baroque
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Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700
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Molly A. Warsh
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eng
Summary
Pearls have enthralled global consumers since antiquity, and the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella explicitly charged Columbus with finding pearls, as well as gold and silver, when he sailed westward in 1492. American Baroque charts Spain's exploitation of Caribbean pearl fisheries to trace the genesis of its maritime empire. In the 1500s, licit and illicit trade in the jewel gave rise to global networks, connecting the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean to the pearl-producing regions of the Chesapeake and northern Europe.Pearls-a unique source of wealth because of their renewable, fungible, and portable nature-defied easy categorization. Their value was highly subjective and determined more by the individuals, free and enslaved, who produced, carried, traded, wore, and painted them than by imperial decrees and tax-related assessments. The irregular baroque pearl, often transformed by the imagination of a skilled artisan into a fantastical jewel, embodied this subjective appeal. Warsh blends environmental, social, and cultural history to construct microhistories of peoples' wide-ranging engagement with this deceptively simple jewel. Pearls facilitated imperial fantasy and personal ambition, adorned the wardrobes of monarchs and financed their wars, and played a crucial part in the survival strategies of diverse people of humble means. These stories, taken together, uncover early modern conceptions of wealth, from the hardscrabble shores of Caribbean islands to the lavish rooms of Mediterranean palaces
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Warsh, Molly A
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338.3/7140972909031
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Pearls
  • Pearl industry and trade
  • Pearl industry and trade
  • Spain
  • Spain
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adult
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American Baroque : Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700, Molly A. Warsh
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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MWT12130562
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1 online resource.
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9781469638980
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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c
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MWT12130562
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remote
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12130562
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
American Baroque : Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700, Molly A. Warsh
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12130562
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781469638980
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT12130562
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12130562
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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