I have posted a new (old) paper on the blog today. Its an old paper I wrote on cochineal back in graduate school, its just new to this blog. Its titled- Cochineal Production and Trade from Central America: Pre-Conquest to 1650. Here is the link for you. Enjoy!
So why write a paper about a small dye producing insect? As it turns out it was a major commodity that played a part in international politics, trade, slavery, and cloth production. Ever wonder what Queen Elizabeth I was really saying when she was wearing that red gown? Ever wonder why Venetian Textile Guilds were so in love with red? Or why it was so expensive? I found it fascinating and I hope you like it.