The Aboriginal Population of Central Mexico on the Eve of the Spanish Conquest

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Author: Borah, Woodrow (1913-1999) and Sherburne Friend Cook

Year: 1963

Publisher: University of California Press

Place: Berkeley and Los Angeles


157 pages with tables, maps (one folding) and bibliography. royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6") bound in original wrappers. Ibero-Americana number 45. First edition.

Prior to this study the Coo-Simpson study examined three possible methods for estimating pre-Conquest population: statements on the size of native armies, estimates of numbers of conversions and a system of extrapolation based upon proportions between statements of pre-Conquest populations for certain towns and the relatively firm 1565 populations estimates for those towns. In the end the study relied upon the third method. The authors of this study have based their inquiry upon another approach: an attempt to use pre-conquest fiscal material for estimates of the pre-Conquest population of central Mexico as they applied fiscal and other administrative materials (that is, Spanish tribute assessment, counts, and parish or missionary reports) for their estimates of post-Conquest population. that pre-conquest fiscal material they looked for in the tribute system of the Triple Alliance. Success depended upon their determining 1) that there was a relatively stable, organized levy of wide enough application to furnish a basis for estimate, 2) that there exists a reliable record of the levy that can be read and worked out to the annual charge, 3) that they could arrive at a reasonable average quota per tributary family, 4) that they could estimate the probable average size of family on the eve of the Conquest, and 5) that the could determine the bais for exemptions from tribute and the probable proportion of the exempt population.


Spine and edges age toned, corners gently bumped, old institutional stamp to half title and foldout map verso else a very good copy.

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