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The silver from Hartz Mountain mines via porcelain, etc. sold to German nobles would be a much more accessible source to English companies than would be the silver from Mexico, and Bolivia. The china porcelain for the Catholic countries more likely came from the Spanish Philippines and the Jesuit Black Ship from Japan, via Acapulco and portage across Mexico.  

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 11th, 2011 at 04:20:51 PM EST
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