The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation organises the webinar “The Imperial Project of Charles V and the Spiceries” on Thursday 25 June at 18:00 pm, where Professor of American History at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Juan Marchena; the President of the Puerta de América Foundation, Juan Antonio Manzano, and the Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno, will participate.

When commemorating the 5th centenary of the first circumnavigation to the Earth, Yuste Foundation wishes to delve into those decades, between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century, with this webinar; a time when “the concept of the world, not only geographically, but also economically, socially, ideologically, religiously… changed dramatically. As never before in any historical moment, thirty years, 1490-1520, that changed the world, “as Professor Marchena states.

“When business and politics shook hands, in financing the construction of the greater Europe of monarchies that was emerging from the sources of the Renaissance in the early 16th century, the search for the sources of wealth that sustained them became consubstantial with their own existence. It was then, between 1516 and 1520, that a young Charles V designed a great imperial project based on the construction of a new world, a vast ocean of business, which would allow him to establish himself and consolidate himself as lord and rector of the new Christianity, and in which spiceries were the main engine, “explains Juan Marchena.

It is here, analyses Professor Marchena, “when the great transformation from the old time to the new begins: from merchants to financiers, from sailors to navigators, from astronomers to cosmographers, from adventurers to businessmen, from serfs to captains of honour, fame and wealth”.

The how, where, why and by whom, are answers that will be set forward by Professor of American History, Juan Marchena, after carrying out new research in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian archives on the process of European expansion.

The president of Puerta de América Foundation, Juan Antonio Manzano, will speak of the greatest maritime feat in history: the expedition of Magellan and Elcano, which was the empirical proof that the Earth is round.

He will tell us how Sanlúcar de Barrameda was like when it saw the five ships (the Trinidad, the Victoria, the Conception, the Santiago and the San Antonio), commanded by Ferdinand Magellan, depart on September 20, 1519 and saw the Victoria return on September 6, 1522, commanded by Juan Sebastián Elcano after completing the first round the world voyage, in what was the transition from the Middle Ages to Modernity.

This webinar is part of Euro-Ibero-American Tribune, a programme launched by the foundation so that Extremadura’s university students may complete their training with contributions made by experts in different social, economic, cultural fields, etc.

On this occasion, it broadens its target audience and can register all those interested in this historical issue. To follow and participate in this webinar you must register by filling out the following questionnaire:

It can also be followed live through Yuste Foundation’s Facebook profile.