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“The Colors of Early Globalization: American Dyes and the International Economy, 16th-19h centuries”

The comparative history of the international trade in American natural dyes during the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries is an important but relatively neglected chapter in the history of dyes, as well as of international commerce and the history of textile industries around the globe, particularly during the 16th to 19th centuries.. The focus in this session is on the analysis of the natural properties of the principal dyes, the conditions of their local production, and their role in international trade as a key input of textile industries in the ancien regime in three continents. The principal dyes we will look at are- Indigo (añil), Brazilwood (Pau do Brasil), Palo de tinte (Logwood), and Cochineal, but we will also comment on other relevant dyes. We propose this session to bring together experts from different countries who can establish a dialogue on intersecting strands of this subject on the basis of their extensive research.


  • Carlos Marichal, El Colegio de México,, Mexico

Session members

  • Ai Hisano, Kyoto University,
  • Adrianna Catena, University of Warwick,
  • Carlos Marichal, El Colegio de México,
  • Jeremy Baskes, Ohio Wesleyan University,
  • Jobson Arruda, Universidad de São Paulo,
  • Luis Alberto Arrioja, El Colegio de Michoacán ,
  • Carlos Sánchez, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca,
  • Rafael Ledezma , El Colegio de México,

Proposed discussant(s)

  • Bartolome Yun , Pablo de Olavide University,