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I Take History With My Coffee

A historical journey through the Early Modern period

I Take History With My Coffee

Recent Episodes

Episode 12: The Medieval Book

Dec. 4, 2022

Though some modern features such as title pages and pagination did not develop until the 16th century, the book's basic form has remained unchanged since the first codexes appeared in the 1st century CE. As innovated by Gut…

Episode 11: Gutenberg's Printing Press

Nov. 19, 2022

Printing and movable type were known before Johannes Gutenberg. Both had developed in the Far East. Gutenberg was able to combine different technologies, and with his knowledge of metalworking, he devised a mechanical sys…

Episode 10: The Foreign Devils

Nov. 8, 2022

By the mid-16th century, the Spanish were in the Americas, and the Portuguese reached both China and Japan. By doing so, the Portuguese provided the final link to creating a truly globalized world. From their arrival on Ch…

Episode 9: The Spice Trade

Oct. 24, 2022

Like any modern commodity, the spice trade of the 16th century was a complex system. The Portuguese were never able to achieve the desired monopoly on this trade. In this episode, I provide an overview of the spice trade a…

Episode 8: The Caesar of the East

Oct. 9, 2022

Afonso de Albuquerque was known as the "Lion of the Seas" and the "Caesar of the East." He was the architect of the Portuguese empire in India. As the second Viceroy of the Portuguese State of India, he asserted Portuguese…

Episode 7: The India Armadas

Sept. 25, 2022

In this episode, I look at the early efforts of the Portuguese to intrude upon the spice trade in the Indian Ocean. Within six months of Vasco da Gama's return, King Manuel I had outfitted and armed a larger flotilla. It w…