New PDF release: The Independence of Spanish America

By Jaime E. Rodríguez

ISBN-10: 0521622980

ISBN-13: 9780521622981

This publication offers a brand new interpretation of the method of Spanish American independence (1808-1826); person who emphasizes political strategies and cultural continuities, rather than the holiday with Spain. it's the first e-book to ascertain the consultant executive and renowned elections brought by means of the Spanish structure of 1812. Rodríguez O. argues that independence didn't represent an anticolonial flow, as many students assert, yet relatively shaped a part of the wider Spanish political revolution. In the United States, supporters of the govt. in Spain struggled with neighborhood juntas for regulate.

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8 Von Humbolt's observations highlight two contradictory tendencies that emerged during the second half of the eighteenth century: the American assertion of a conciencia de si (sense of identity) and the drive of the Bourbon kings to transform America into a profitable colony. The Rise of an American Identity Some residents of the New World developed a sense of their unique identity within the Spanish Monarchy. Like their counterparts in the Peninsula, these Spanish Americans identified with their locality and its history.

Then, on the basis of that information, it could institute reforms. He also suggested that the introduction of intendancies and the establishment of free trade within the Monarchy become the cornerstone of American reform. Little was accomplished, however, until the advent of the Seven Years' War. 23 Although the war clearly demonstrated that the Spanish Monarchy needed to control its American possessions if it were to reclaim its place as a major world power, conditions in the New World also contributed a sense of urgency.

25 See, for example, John L. Phelan, The Kingdom of Quito in the Seventeenth Century: Bureaucratic Politics in the Spanish Empire (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967). Spanish America 21 Alcaldes mayores and corregidores, mid-level officials who operated locally, were thought to be particularly prone to cooptation and corruption since they derived their income not from salaries but from trade. They obtained funds from local merchants and entrepreneurs and then advanced cash, equipment, and supplies to small farmers and Indians in their jurisdiction through the repartimiento de comercio (a system of distribution of merchandise on credit).

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