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Spies and Espionage in the Iberian Atlantic

"More than marginal and isolated actions, the use of spies and infiltrated informers in rival states was a recurrent instrument throughout the period and counted on the knowledge and agreement of the Iberian kings and their ministers. ..." – By Adriano Comissoli

The Cocoa Trade in New Spain in the 18th Century

"Because of its flavor and the energy it provided, chocolate was consumed in large quantities from the mid-16th century on and was one of the main foods of the residents of Mexico City and the surrounding region. Cocoa was a substantial part of the Mexican diet not only in institutions such as convents, schools, hospitals, and prisons, but also among residents..." – By Guillermina del Valle Pavón

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