The Sugar Hacienda of the Marqueses del Valle

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Author: Barrett, Ward J

Year: 1970

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Place: Minneapolis


147pp with illustrations, figures, tables, glossary, appendices, bibliography and indices. Quarto (11 1/2" 8 3/4") issued in green cloth with brown spine and green lettering. 1st edition

In recent years several scholars have labored to fill the crucial need for studies that go to the very heart of hacienda operation in colonial Mexico. Fernando B Sandoval's La industria del azucar en Nueva Espana; France V Scholes' the Spanish Conqueror as a Business Man: A Chapter in the History of Fernando Cortes; Francois Chevalier's Land and Society in Colonial Mexico; and the doctoral dissertatin of G Michael Riley have added to the growing literature. these studies are now supplemented by a valuable work by geographer Ward J Barret who traces the history and operation of the Cortes sugar plantation of San Antonio de Altacomulco founded in 1535 on the outskirts of modern Cuernavaca. Barrett bases his account largely on the records of the plantation in the Hospital de Jesus section of the Mexican archivo General de la Nacion and on Sandoval's study of the sugar industry. The result is a conscientious gleaning of data and a remarkable account of the plantation operation. Detailed description of how land and water were acquired, methods of irrigation and agriculture, as well as an excellent chapter on sugar technology make this study important to the field. This work includes valuable appendixes on estate income, sugar and molasses production, livestock utilization, Indian laborers, Negro slaves, productivity of labor and much more. The data is quantified from Hospital de Jesus accounts of the plantation from 1541 to 1847. the volume is enhanced by a series of maps, charts and drawings of eighteenth-century sugar mills. HAHR: Volume 51: 139p.


Light rubbing to extremities. Jacket edges lightly chipped with closed tears, spine ends and corners moderately chipped. Very good to fine in a very good dust jacket.

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