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“A Few More or Less Make No Difference”: Accounting for Pearls in Northern Europe in the Seventeenth Century

Molly A. Warsh

in American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469638973
eISBN:
9781469638997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638973.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter considers how pearls’ subjective beauty, their complex and mysterious origins, and their powerful association with mastery of the seas allowed them to remain a powerful heuristic device ... More


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