Kris Lane
Chair in Colonial Latin American History, Tulane University in New Orleans

Kris Lane holds the France V Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the author of Potosí: The Silver City that Changed the World (2019), Pillaging the Empire: Global Piracy on the High Seas, 1500-1750 (2015); Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires (2010), and Quito 1599: City and Colony in Transition (2002). He is currently finishing a global history of the great Potosí mint fraud of 1649.

Written by Kris Lane

Detail from Cerro Rico and the Imperial Municipality of Potosí (1758), by Gaspar Miguel de Berrío. Courtesy Museo Universitario Charcas, Sucre, Bolivia/AKG

The first global city

High in the Andes, Potosí supplied the world with silver, and in return reaped goods and peoples from Burma to Baghdad

Kris Lane