Indians, Merchants, and Markets: A Reinterpretation of the 'Repartimiento' and Spanish-Indian Economic Relations to Colonial Oaxaca, 1750-1821

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“Indians, Merchants, and Markets is an important, well-researched addition to the small but growing literature on the repartimiento.”—The Americas
“His keen analysis of the Oaxacan case requires any future scholar of this subject to take his work into account.”—American Historical Review
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Overview


“Indians, Merchants, and Markets is an important, well-researched addition to the small but growing literature on the repartimiento.”—The Americas
“His keen analysis of the Oaxacan case requires any future scholar of this subject to take his work into account.”—American Historical Review
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"Indians, Merchants, and Markets is an important, well-researched addition to the small but growing literature on the repartimiento."—The Americas

"His keen analysis of the Oaxacan case requires any future scholar of this subject to take his work into account."—American Historical Review

"Economic historian Jeremy Baskes has gone a considerable distance in convincingly rehabilitating one of the most vilified instruments of colonial domination in Spanish America, the notorious repartimiento de mercancias. . . . [An] excellent work in economic history. . . . The closely reasoned revisionism of Baskes' study is very welcome."—Journal of Social History

"Baskes' study manages to provide the most detailed account yet of the economics of small-scale rural credit in late colonial Mexico, as well as a lucid quantitative reconstruction of the costs and complications of the commodity export business during that period. . . . His compelling arguments certainly do away with the old certainties and invite further research on Indians and markets in colonial Latin America."—The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"In this engaging monograph, Baskes reconstructs a tantalizing glimpse of the agricultural aspects of cochineal production . . . .[Indians, Merchants, and Markets] is a fascinating treatment of an undeservedly under-examined area of colonial Latin American history."—Canadian Journal of History

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Baskes (history, Ohio Wesleyan U.) challenges the conventional view of the as/> as an exploitive, late colonial system imposed upon Mexican Indians to produce marketable goods for Spaniards and buy undesirable Spanish products. Using the exclusive production of the dyestuff cochineal by Oaxacan peasants in southern Mexico as a case study, the author argues that the Indians produced the highly valued export voluntarily because it provided them with needed income. Includes supporting tables, figures, and appendices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804735124
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Social Science History Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeremy Baskes is Associate Professor of History at Ohio Wesleyan University.
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