"So much silver and money...always has been poison to cities and republics. They believe money will protect them but it is not true: plowed fields, pastures, and fisheries are what provide true sustenance."

- Spanish humanist Pedro de Valencia, accurately foreseeing the corrosive effects of South American silver on the future prospects of the Spanish Empire.

In the year AD 1608...

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1607 - 1608 - 1609

17th century

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