Ye olde travel guide: Seville, 1670

In the latest instalment of our historical holidays series, in which experts imagine they're writing a travel guide in the past, Brendan Sainsbury proposes a visit to a mighty port city groaning with the riches of New World exploitation

An illustrated map of Seville.

This article was first published in the May 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

Rich with the spoils of Spain’s American empire, Seville is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. But wealth is unequally distributed, the once-great river port is silting up, and thieves, floods and public executions can turn the streets into dangerous obstacle courses.

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