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Corrupting the King's Blood: Interpreting the Great Potosi Mint Fraud of 1649

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Corrupting the King's Blood: Interpreting the Great Potosi Mint Fraud of 1649

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Join us for a presentation in which historian Dr. Kris Lane discusses the great Potosi mint fraud of 1649. Historians such as Geoffrey Parker have lately reminded us 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?

Lane holds the France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he directs the graduate program. His current project, based in Bolivia, traces the history of the great Potosi mint fraud of 1649 and its global consequences.

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2-4-2016

Corrupting the King's Blood: Interpreting the Great Potosi Mint Fraud of 1649

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