La Nueva Galicia en el Ocaso del Imperio Espanol: Los Papeles de Derecho de la Auciencia de la Nueva Galicia del Licenciado Juan Jose Ruiz Moscoso su Agente Fiscal y Regidor del Ayuntamiento de Guadalajara, 1780-1810

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Author: Fernandez Sotelo, Rafael Diego and Marina Mantilla Trolle (editors)

Year: 2003-2005

Publisher: El Colegio de Michoacan and Universidad de Guadalajara

Place: Zamora and Guadalajara


4 volumes. cxxxvi+426 pages with indices; l+480 pages with tables and indices; lxi+498 with diagrams, figures, graphs and indices; ci+495 pages with maps, plates (some color and folding), facsimile signatures, figures and indices. Quarto (11" x 8 1/2") bound in yellow with black lettering to spine and pictorial cover with ribbon book marks. First editions, limited to 1000 copies.

El Nuevo Reino de Galicia (The New Kingdom of Galicia) or Nueva Galicia was an autonomous kingdom of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. It was named after Galicia in Spain. Nueva Galicia's territory became the present-day states of Aguascalientes, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and Zacatecas. Spanish exploration of the area began in 1531 with Nuno Beltran de Guzman's expedition. He named the main city founded in the area Villa de Guadalajara after his birthplace and called the area he conquered the sonorous "la Conquista del Espiritu Santo de la Mayor Espana" ("The Conquest of the Holy Spirit of Greater Spain"). The name was not approved. Instead Queen Joanna, at the moment the acting regent of Spain, named the area "el Reino de Nueva Galicia." Guzman's violent conquest left Spanish control of the area unstable, and within a decade full war had reemerged between the settlers and the Native peoples of the area. The Mixtan War, which lasted from 1540-1541, pitted an alliance of Coras, Gauchichiles and Caxcans against the settlers. Nine years later the Chichimeca War broke out, this time pitting mostly Zacatecos against their former allies, the Caxcan, who had now allied with the Spanish. Nahuas from the Valley of Mexico moved into the region along with the Spanish as the area was settled. In the last decades of the sixteenth century Huichols also arrived. Given the growing wealth of the region with the discovery of silver to the north, especially in Nueva Vizcaya, Guadalajara became the seat of the second mainland Audiencia of New Spain in 1548. The Audiencia of Guadalajara had oversight of all the northern mainland provinces of the Viceroyalty. In the late 18th century, as part of the Bourbon Reforms, an Intendancy was established in Guadalajara.


some light soiling, corners gently bumped else a very good set.


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