Spanish Central America: A Socioeconomic History, 1520–1720
The seventeenth century has been characterized as "Latin America's forgotten century." This landmark work, originally published in 1973, attempted to fill the vacuum in knowledge by providing an account of the first great colonial cycle in Spanish Central America. The colonial Spanish society of the sixteenth century was very different from that described in the eighteenth century. What happened in the Latin American colonies between the first conquests, the seizure of long-accumulated Indian wealth, the first silver booms, and the period of modern raw material supply? How did Latin America move from one stage to the other? What were these intermediate economic stages, and what effect did they have on the peoples living in Latin America? These questions continue to resonate in Latin American studies today, making this updated edition of Murdo J. MacLeod's original work more relevant than ever.
Colonial Central America was a large, populous, and always strategically significant stretch of land. With the Yucatán, it was home of the Maya, one of the great pre-Columbian cultures. MacLeod examines the long-term process it underwent of relative prosperity, depression, and then recovery, citing comparative sources on Europe to describe Central America's great economic, demographic, and social cycles. With an updated historiographical and bibliographical introduction, this fascinating study should appeal to historians, anthropologists, and all who are interested in the colonial experience of Latin America.
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Unbelievable...helpful from start to finish, this book is the number one most helpful book for the student of Central America. Thank you, Mr. MacLeod, this book has helped me more to understand Central America than 100 other books on the subject.
The Central American Background and Conquest
Slaves and Silver The First Exports
Soconusco A Hint of Things To Come
The Cacao Boom
From Conquest to the Emergence of Order and Pattern
The Two Republics Indians and Spaniards in the Age of Encomienda
Attempts to Revive Declining Industries
The Currency Crisis
Men and Land in MidCentury Contraction and Isolation
The Two Republics in the Years of Depression
Costa Rican Cacao
Signs of Strain and Change c 16851720
The Growth of a New Solution The Rise of Smuggling
The Search for New Industries and Trades
Indigo 15801720 Possibilities and Frustrations
The Effects of the Crisis on Local Populations and Economy
The Aftermath of a Boom SeventeenthCentury Cacao
Honduran Mining The Emergence of a Local Industry and Culture
External Trades in the Depth of the Depression