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Food in the early modern world


In the early modern period, food tied the globe together, and acquisition of desired foods drove Europeans to the east. Europe’s encounter with the New World meant new foods traveled both east and west across the Atlantic, and the establishment of the Manila Galleon in the 1570s brought a brisk traffic in edibles across the Pacific. Transmission of foods transformed local economies. This project, created by Fordham students of Honors History and Art History, unpacks well-known recipes to question the origin of the some familiar foods: where did they come from originally? Are foods we think of as European actually European in origin? And how did early modern peoples understand these new and (to them) exotic comestibles?


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