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 Chinese shores in 1517 to the settlements of Macau and Nagasaki, it would not be easy for the Portuguese, nor would their relationship with either China or Japan last far beyond the 17th century. In this episode, I discuss how the Portuguese ended up in China and Japan to finally connect the world in trade, politics, and an exchange of cultures.
Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World by Michael Schuman
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Intro Music: Hayden Symphony #39
Outro Music: Vivaldi Concerto for Mandolin and Strings in D