||Introduction : The global early Americas -- Sex, death, and the sea : pearls in the early modern imagination -- Pearls and a political ecology of empire, 1498-1541 -- "Even the black women wear strands of pearls" : assessing the worth of subjects and objects in a new era, 1540-1600 -- Making "a machine of pearls" in the seventeenth century : custom and innovation in Iberian pearl-fishing ventures -- "Regardless of gender, class, color, or condition" : pearls in private possession around the Iberian imperial world -- "A few more or less make no difference" : accounting for pearls in northern Europe in the seventeenth century -- Conclusion : Rescuing "that tired, irregular pearl from such lengthy isolation."
||"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"-- Provided by publisher.
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|ISBN||9781469638973 (cloth ; alk. paper)|
|ISBN||1469638975 (cloth ; alk. paper)|