Thursday Feb 4, 2016
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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Dr. Kris Lane gives a talk interpreting the Great Potosi Mint Fraud.
Historians such as Geoffrey Parker have lately reminded people that the seventeenth century was tough worldwide. Famine, plague, even glacial advance made life hard from Europe to China. In Spain and its overseas dominions, this 'global crisis' was made worse by a massive fraud inside the Potosi mint, high in the mountains of what is today Bolivia. What brought the great fraud about, and how was it disarticulated? What were the long-term consequences of the fraud and its aftermath? Was colonial corruption to blame?