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The Resource Indians, merchants, and markets : a reinterpretation of the Repartimiento and Spanish-Indian economic relations in colonial Oaxaca, 1750-1821, Jeremy Baskes

Indians, merchants, and markets : a reinterpretation of the Repartimiento and Spanish-Indian economic relations in colonial Oaxaca, 1750-1821, Jeremy Baskes

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Indians, merchants, and markets : a reinterpretation of the Repartimiento and Spanish-Indian economic relations in colonial Oaxaca, 1750-1821
Title
Indians, merchants, and markets
Title remainder
a reinterpretation of the Repartimiento and Spanish-Indian economic relations in colonial Oaxaca, 1750-1821
Statement of responsibility
Jeremy Baskes
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Traditional historiography describes the repartimiento de mercancias as a forced system of production and consumption in which officials of the Spanish Crown compelled Mexican Indians to produce goods marketable in the Spanish economy and to purchase expensive and undesired Spanish products. The author challenges this conventional portrayal of Indian-Spanish economic relations by arguing that Indian market behavior was economically rational and voluntary. He further argues that the repartimiento was an institution designed to overcome market imperfections inherent in Mexico's colonial economy and to facilitate the extension of credit in a cross-cultural environment." "Examining repartimiento production of cochineal, a dyestuff produced exclusively by Oaxacan Indians and representing Mexico's most valued export after silver, this study shows that Indians produced cochineal for the market voluntarily because it provided them with needed income. The primary role of the repartimiento was to provide Mexico's indigenous peasantry with credit, without which they could not have participated in the market as extensively as they did. Owing to the difficulty of collecting debts, credit provision was monopolized by agents of the Crown, the alcaldes mayores, who alone possessed the legal leverage needed to enforce the payment of debts. Though Spanish officials profited from the repartimiento, their economic gains were not so great as traditionally believed." "Overall, the book demonstrates that Mexican Indians were much more actively engaged in the market than customarily imagined, and were adept at promoting their interests despite the discriminating policies of colonialism. The book rounds out its account of the repartimiento by examining the transatlantic trade in cochineal, especially in its late colonial decline."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1961-
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Baskes, Jeremy
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Agricultural credit
  • Cochineal
  • Dye industry
  • Colonial administrators
  • Spain
Label
Indians, merchants, and markets : a reinterpretation of the Repartimiento and Spanish-Indian economic relations in colonial Oaxaca, 1750-1821, Jeremy Baskes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on Abbreviations and Conventions
  • 1.
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Repartimiento and the Production of Cochineal.
  • p. 9
  • 3.
  • Repartimiento and Crown Politics.
  • p. 39
  • 4.
  • Coerced or Voluntary? Market Participation of Indians.
  • p. 62
  • 5.
  • Informal Credit Institutions and Cross-Cultural Trade.
  • p. 93
  • 6.
  • Risky Business: Credit and Default in the Dye Trade.
  • p. 110
  • 7.
  • Indians and Markets.
  • p. 128
  • 8.
  • Oaxaca to London: A Balance Sheet.
  • p. 138
  • 9.
  • Epilogue.
  • p. 185
  • App. A.
  • Prices Paid for Oaxacan Posts as Alcalde Mayor by District.
  • p. 193
  • App. B.
  • Annual Output, Price, and Value of Cochineal in Oaxaca, 1758-1858.
  • p. 205
  • App. C.1.
  • Returns to the Alcalde Mayor of Teposcolula, 1781-1784 (assuming no defaults).
  • p. 208
  • App. C.2.
  • Returns to the Alcalde Mayor of Teposcolula, 1781-1784 (assuming 25 percent default).
  • p. 212
  • App. D.
  • Insurance Rates for Selected Transatlantic Routes.
  • p. 216
  • App. E.1.
  • Estimated Cost of Marketing One Arroba of Cochineal from Oaxaca to London (assuming 20 percent wartime insurance premiums and excluding ocean freight and intra-European insurance).
  • p. 221
  • App. E.2.
  • Estimated Cost of Marketing One Arroba of Cochineal from Oaxaca to London (assuming 50 percent wartime insurance premiums and excluding ocean freight and intra-European insurance).
  • p. 227
  • Notes.
  • p. 233
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 283
  • Index.
  • p. 299
Control code
b90804735123
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
305 p.
Isbn
9780804735124
Lccn
lc00039489
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Indians, merchants, and markets : a reinterpretation of the Repartimiento and Spanish-Indian economic relations in colonial Oaxaca, 1750-1821, Jeremy Baskes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on Abbreviations and Conventions
  • 1.
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Repartimiento and the Production of Cochineal.
  • p. 9
  • 3.
  • Repartimiento and Crown Politics.
  • p. 39
  • 4.
  • Coerced or Voluntary? Market Participation of Indians.
  • p. 62
  • 5.
  • Informal Credit Institutions and Cross-Cultural Trade.
  • p. 93
  • 6.
  • Risky Business: Credit and Default in the Dye Trade.
  • p. 110
  • 7.
  • Indians and Markets.
  • p. 128
  • 8.
  • Oaxaca to London: A Balance Sheet.
  • p. 138
  • 9.
  • Epilogue.
  • p. 185
  • App. A.
  • Prices Paid for Oaxacan Posts as Alcalde Mayor by District.
  • p. 193
  • App. B.
  • Annual Output, Price, and Value of Cochineal in Oaxaca, 1758-1858.
  • p. 205
  • App. C.1.
  • Returns to the Alcalde Mayor of Teposcolula, 1781-1784 (assuming no defaults).
  • p. 208
  • App. C.2.
  • Returns to the Alcalde Mayor of Teposcolula, 1781-1784 (assuming 25 percent default).
  • p. 212
  • App. D.
  • Insurance Rates for Selected Transatlantic Routes.
  • p. 216
  • App. E.1.
  • Estimated Cost of Marketing One Arroba of Cochineal from Oaxaca to London (assuming 20 percent wartime insurance premiums and excluding ocean freight and intra-European insurance).
  • p. 221
  • App. E.2.
  • Estimated Cost of Marketing One Arroba of Cochineal from Oaxaca to London (assuming 50 percent wartime insurance premiums and excluding ocean freight and intra-European insurance).
  • p. 227
  • Notes.
  • p. 233
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 283
  • Index.
  • p. 299
Control code
b90804735123
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
305 p.
Isbn
9780804735124
Lccn
lc00039489
Other physical details
ill., maps

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