Assorted links for 08/02/2019

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1. Potosi: The first global city by Kris Lane

“If Sancho,” replied Don Quixote, “I were to requite thee as the importance and nature of the cure deserves, the treasures of Venice, the mines of Potosi, would be insufficient to pay thee. See what thou hast of mine, and put a price on each lash.”

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The poverty and dilapidation of modern Potosí mask the story of a once-imperial city whose grand villas are now restaurants, hairdressers and dental surgeries. But high in the Andes above the treeline, the rich mountain remains – its contents now in Armada shipwrecks, the jewellery of Arab rulers, and the remaining treasures of the Ming dynasty. Few places in the world were left untouched by its riches.

via The Guardian


Potosi. The Silver City That Changed the World by Kris Lane
Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed the World by Jack Weatherford

2. William Dampier’s food-writing firsts

  • Barbecue
  • Chopsticks
  • Tortillas
  • Soy sauce
  • Breadfruit
  • Cashew
  • Kumquat
  • Guacamole recipe

Parts of A New Voyage Around the World read like a 17th-century episode of No Reservations, with Dampier playing a high-stakes version of Anthony Bourdain. 


In the years following its publication, A New Voyage became an international bestseller, skyrocketing Dampier to wealth and fame. The first of its kind, the work generated a hunger among European audiences for travel writing, serving as an inspiration for Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Charles Darwin brought a copy of A New Voyage with him aboard the Beagle’s voyage to South America, having cited the book as a “mine of information.” 

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