The Spanish Dependencies in South America: An Introduction to the History of Their Civilisation - Vol. 2

The Spanish Dependencies in South America: An Introduction to the History of Their Civilisation - Vol. 2

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The Spanish Dependencies in South America: An Introduction to the History of Their Civilisation - Vol. 2

The Spanish Dependencies in South America: An Introduction to the History of Their Civilisation - Vol. 2

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Discovery of the mines of Potosi. II. The Imperial City. III. Wealth and extravagance. IV. Fights and fiestas. V. Abdication and death of Charles the Fifth. VI. Governmental changes. VII. The case of Ordaz. VIII. Viceroy Toledo in Potosi.

THE towns of Upper Peru, which were called into existence by the exploitation of mines, presented social conditions, a knowledge of which helps one to appreciate the history of this part of South America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In most cases these communities flourished and declined with the mines, leaving no adequate record of their peculiar society. Much light, however, is thrown on one of these towns, in some respects the most important, by the Anales de la Villa Imperial de Potosi , byBartolomé Martinez y Vela. Vicente G. Quesada has made use of this chronicle and a vast mass of other material in his attractive book called Crónicas Potosinas: Costumbres de la Edad medieval Hispano- Americana . The sources of information concerning Potosi are sufficient to afford a more or less clear view of the social career of this remarkable community.

The only reason for the existence of this city is found in the wealth of the mines of the famous hill of Potosi.

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