The viceregal Americas were a dynamic setting for global trade networks that extended in transatlantic, transpacific, and inter-American directions. Luxury goods, such as silks, yarns, fabrics, tapestries, ivory, ceramics, wines, foodstuffs, and medicines from China, the Philippines, and East Asia flooded American markets through the ports of Acapulco, Mexico, and Lima, Peru. These products, in addition to those from Europe and Central America, made their way to South American markets, despite numerous regulations imposed by the Spanish crown to curb the unrestricted entry and circulation of luxury goods in colonial society.

Walker's Exquisite Slaves is a detailed and animated examination of one of the most coveted types of luxury goods in...

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