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October 16th, 2012
2501E
The Imperial Economy: Silver mining
- mining was very important
o SILVER
Found at high altitudes
In the areas that haven’t been controlled- isolated areas
Base for developing different areas
Need raw materials and labour- free labour in the area of New
Spain. Peru is allocated to the miners
Pay taxes with labour
o Brazil will find gold later on
o Would take 1 or 2 months to walk to where the mine was
o Will cause a lot of migration- moving with families
o Many will stay at the mine as free workers
o Why they didn’t use slaves: expensive
o If you want to go into mining, you must have money
Go to merchants for money- will give you credit, on the
condition that half of the silver goes to them
o Must get the silver stamped- means that 1/5 belongs to the crown
o ‘Quinto’- the royal fifth
- local trade- trade becomes more profitable and attractive
o coco beans- adopted by European markets
o potatoes
o Tobacco
Tutorial:
- early womens rights- adamant about education
- influenced other women- high ranking women thought they could go to her
to express what to write
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