The Maritime Trade of Peru in the Seventeenth Century

By Lawrence A Clayton, published May 1986


The Spanish settlement of Peru in the late 16th century and the discovery of an abundance of natural extractive resources moved the colony toward self-sufficiency. By the early 18th century the Viceroyalty of Peru included an interior trade in lumber, textiles, silver and copper. Highly developed cities and trading centres were connected by a network of coastal shipping, these in turn delivering cargo to ocean shipping ports for delivery directly to Spain or across the Isthmus of Panama.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Merchant Marines

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