The Spanish Treasure Fleets

The Spanish Treasure Fleets

Book - 1994
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The story of the expeditions of Spanish explorers told through the history of the first American currency: pieces of eight.
Publisher: Sarasota, FL : Pineapple Press, [1994], ©1994
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781561640492
1561640492
Branch Call Number: 980.013 Wa
Description: xiii, 256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Jun 13, 2013

Starting from the discovery of the Americas, the author details how the lust for gold drove the Spanish to search and plunder the new world. Even after they had set the treasure fleets in motion to Spain, the government appears to have time and again sunk into debt through the course of wars, mismanagement, and even an early case of "Dutch disease" discouraging industrialization at home. Full of anecdotes of ships full of millions of pesos being captured, running aground, or lost in storms.
The author takes many opportunities to showcase a coin from his own collection that was present at the scene hundreds of years ago.

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