Asia-Pacific in the Making of the Americas: Toward a Global History

The Spanish Pacific

The essays in this section cover the Spanish incursion into the eastern Pacific beginning in the sixteenth century. The Spanish voyages from Mexico to the Pacific Islands, settling in the Philippines in 1560, forged the first global economy, by directly inserting for the first time the Americas into a European-Asian circuit of goods and ideas.                                                                       
This image demonstrates that, for the Spanish, the West Indies—Yndias ocidentales— and regions of the entire Pacific Ocean flowed together, all part of a "new world" they controlled.  Note the lines of "de marcation" established by the Vatican dividing the globe between the Spanish and the Portuguese empires.

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