What cargo was loaded on the ship White Lion when it sank in 1613? Why was Chinese porcelain painted blue (instead of gold or silver)? What did Grotius (Huig de Groot) assert about trade in his 1609 book The Freedom of the Seas and what was the significance of that for Dutch trade? What did Grotius think should be the attitude of Christian European countries toward places in the world that did not adopt Christianity? Why were antiques valued in China? (see page 81)
The book Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by the Canadian historian and sinologist Timothy Brook.
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