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Bankruptcy of Empire: Mexican Silver and the Wars Between by Dr Carlos Marichal

By Dr Carlos Marichal

This e-book emphasizes that the Spanish empire remained the 3rd most vital eu country by way of financial source of revenue and naval energy, and primary in dimension of territorial empire, really due to its colonies in Spanish the USA. The Spanish crown was once interested by 4 wars with nice Britain and wars with France through the many years 1760-1810. Colonial Mexico financed every one of these wars by means of remitting silver within the type of taxes and loans. The bills of the imperial wars have been so nice that they finally triggered the financial ruin of either the Spanish American colonies and of the monarchy itself.

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38 In the latter half of the eighteenth century, New Spain covered approximately 75% of the costs of administrative and military costs of the government of Cuba and a large portion of the other Caribbean colonies mentioned. For information and estimates, see C. Marichal and M. Souto, “Silver and Situados” and C. Marichal, La bancarrota del virreinato (1999), Chapter 1. 2. General Treasury of Spain, 1763–1811: Remittances from Spanish America and New Spain. 3. New Spain also provided regular fiscal subsidies for the Phillipines and occasional sums for Guatemala and Central America in times of emergencies.

Humboldt felt that the viceroyalty could continue to make its huge annual contributions to the empire without grave difficulties because of the great output of its silver mines and the considerable productivity of its economy, as a whole. 3 The inordinate ability of the Spanish monarchy to extract fiscal revenues from its colonies had long been the cause of envy by its rivals. 4 Other contemporaries coincided with the famous Scottish economist. The fiscal surplus produced by the Spanish American colonies attracted the attention of the Spanish General Francisco Saavedra during a prolonged military mission to the Caribbean in the midst of war with Great Britain in the years 1780–1783.

Net/∼richardgarner04/ and C. Marichal and M. Souto, Silver and Situados: New Spain and the Finances of the Spanish Empire in the Carribbean in the Eighteenth Century, Hispanic American Historical Review, 74, 4 (1994). ) Despite the close correlations, it would be a mistake to think that remittances were simply derived from the mines, for as we will have occasion to see in Chapter 2, the tax system of the colonial regime in the late Bourbon period was quite broadly based, and only one-quarter of the monies collected by the royal administration came from mining taxes.

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