Start Date

19-5-2021 2:45 PM

End Date

19-5-2021 4:00 PM

Disciplines

History

Subjects

Silver mines and mining -- History, Silver mines and mining -- Economic aspects, Silver mines and mining -- Effect of technological innovations on, Economic history, International economic relations -- History

Abstract

Silver was the metal that initiated interdependence throughout the world; establishing connections between all sectors of the globe. From as early as 3,000 BCE, to the present day, silver production has uniquely inspired the way our modern society has formed and how it functions. Silver’s influence can be tracked through three epochs of time: 3,000 BCE - 1500 CE, 1400-1800, and 1850-present. During the earliest period, introductory mining practices, cross-cultural trade, methods of processing technology, and the beginning of coins, are shown in relation to select societies to demonstrate impacts and influence—the Egyptians, the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, and Chinese Dynasties. The second period emphasizes new renaissance technologies, (liquation, the patio process, explosives), and the complex beginnings of a connection between China, Spanish American silver, and the cultivation of connecting trade routes. The most recent period continues with advancements, identifies impacts of the 1850 North America silver boom, and analyzes our continual global need for silver. An investigation of world history through the impact of silver has proved to be a useful tool in analyzing the development of the global economy.

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May 19th, 2:45 PM May 19th, 4:00 PM

Session 2: Panel 2: Presenter 3 (Paper) -- Silver Mining and Commerce: Initiation of the Global Economy

Silver was the metal that initiated interdependence throughout the world; establishing connections between all sectors of the globe. From as early as 3,000 BCE, to the present day, silver production has uniquely inspired the way our modern society has formed and how it functions. Silver’s influence can be tracked through three epochs of time: 3,000 BCE - 1500 CE, 1400-1800, and 1850-present. During the earliest period, introductory mining practices, cross-cultural trade, methods of processing technology, and the beginning of coins, are shown in relation to select societies to demonstrate impacts and influence—the Egyptians, the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, and Chinese Dynasties. The second period emphasizes new renaissance technologies, (liquation, the patio process, explosives), and the complex beginnings of a connection between China, Spanish American silver, and the cultivation of connecting trade routes. The most recent period continues with advancements, identifies impacts of the 1850 North America silver boom, and analyzes our continual global need for silver. An investigation of world history through the impact of silver has proved to be a useful tool in analyzing the development of the global economy.