By Carlos Marichal and David Pretel

This volume explores the global history of the colourants of the Americas from the time of early globalisation in the sixteenth century through the industrial revolutions in Europe and the United States, culminating in the synthetic age of the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. It examines the extraction and processing of natural dyes in the Americas as well as the development of overseas trade in colourants and the rise of textile industries and textile consumption in Europe, the United States and Latin America. Focusing on the production, trade and consumption of natural colourants since early modern times, this book also sheds light on the emergence of economic globalisation in the Atlantic World. The volume’s sole concentration on the natural colorants of the Americas makes it a particularly novel contribution to global history.

London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350408111, 2024

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