July 12, 2018

Well today was the day where I finally let go of any imperfections that may still exist in my thesis paper and uploaded it to the digital world.   It was amazing how many times I was able to refine each sentence to arrive at statements that were less informed by my personal beliefs and reflective more of the research.  As I reread each paragraph over and over, I could help but feel a bit of nostalgia for the last...

May 19, 2017

So what do the Beach Boys have to do with the early textile trade?  Absolutely nothing other than they have been around for a long time and whether you love them or not, they continue to have global affect.

One of the cities which ended up having a great affect on global trade in the late 1400's was the "Andalusian city of Seville, located fifty-four miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. [...] The hub of the S...

May 7, 2017

Once the political capital and part of the Castilian textile industry, Toledo “liked to think of itself as a second Rome."  Built on seven hills, "the city served as the sea to the court until the decision of Philip II in 1561 to make Madrid his capital.“(1)  Prior to this tumultuous decision to move the royal court, Toledo, the largest city, was located “at the center of the Iberian Peninsula [...], a natural sto...

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