The True History of Chocolate
1) How was that botanical oddity, the cacao tree, turned into an important Mesoamerican luxury “good” by Mexico’s pre-Columbian peoples? 2)How were its longstanding indigenous uses,social place, and cultural meanings then changed by the conquering Spaniards after 1521 to make cacao into a European-style object of desire, consumption, and commerce? 3)How did chocolate, in the 17th century, then go on to reach and “conquer” the palates of southern and Catholic Europe? 4)Finally,what occurred with chocolate in the centuries after its high-point as a colonial product? 6)Throughout the essay,make sure to identify how the Coes’ delightful global history of Mesoamerican chocolate helps inform our understandings of cacao as a quintessential “colonial good”?
Must be clear, organized,original and only from the book. No hyper-belies, no feelings or opinions, very minimal quotes, emphasize the time periods and only relevant historical