FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST. SPICES AND OTHER FOODSTUFFS TRADED BY THE REPUBLIC OF VENICE (14th TO 18th CENTURIES) Michela Dal Borgo – Venice Record Office
Salt and spices were a fundamental part of the economy and trade in the Republic of Venice from the very start.
Convoys of ships from the East followed routes that allowed Venice to import exotic foodstuffs such as spices and other products. The city then used the Western shipping routes to export them to Northern Europe.
These voyages were not always technically “easy” but suitable preparations were made for them, thanks in part to the sophisticated political and diplomatic efforts of the city-state, which was a Mediterranean crossroads between the East and the West.
A conversation with Michela Dal Borgo