The Mesta: A Study in Spanish Economic History 1273-1836 (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Oct 19, 2017 - 472 pages
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Excerpt from The Mesta: A Study in Spanish Economic History 1273-1836

As a factor in the laying of the foundations of the Castilian Eta - 126 which rose from the ruins of the Reconquest, the-mesta played an inconspicuous but important part. It was used by each of the. Stronger sovereigns in' turn to carry on a prolonged struggle against the ancient traditions of Spanish separatism political, racial, and economic provincialism and to work toward a united peninsula. Its rise synchronized with the suc cessful efforts of the warrior monarchs of the Reconquest to weld their newly won dominions into a nation. Its decline began with the collapse of the monarchy and the triumph of separatist in fluences under the seventeenth-century Hapsburgs.

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