This seven volume collection of manuscripts and printed materials on colonial and independent Peru focuses on the late eighteenth
century, although its contents span from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Three volumes of Royal Decrees feature
important institutional information for the entirety of Spanish America, especially in relation to the late Bourbon military
reforms under Viceroy Theodore de la Croix. Fernando Quadrado, an important eighteenth century Spanish
oidor, appears prominently throughout the collection. The Peruvian mining industry is well documented in two volumes related to
Baron von Nordenflicht's controversial mining expedition and Pedro Miralles' relationship to the former.
In the context of Spanish American history, this collection comprises the late colonial and early independence periods. Materials
related to the Bourbon reforms (1713-1806) reveal a genuine interest by part of the Spanish Crown and more specifically Viceroy
Theodore de Croix (1784-1790) to modernize its most important South American colony. Important indigenous uprisings are documented
in Royal Decrees sent by the king to key military officers and allies who put down a series of significant indigenous rebellions,
most notably Tupac Amaru II's 1780 uprising. Despite being a royalist stronghold, letters to the insurgent military leaders
José de San Martín and Simón Bolivar expose the extent to which the wars of independence affected all sectors of society.
3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
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