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Discourse and Political Reflections on the Kingdoms of Peru. Their Government, Special Regimen of Their Inhabitants, and Abuses Which Have Been Introduced into One and Another, with Special Information on Why They Grew up and Some Means to Avoid Them

Juan y Santacilia, Jorge (1713-1773) and Antonio de Ulloa

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ISBN 10: 0806114827 / ISBN 13: 9780806114828
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1978
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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ix+326 pages with maps and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") issued in gold cloth with black and gilt lettering to spine. Translated by John J TePaske and Besse A Clement. Edited with introduction by John J TePaske. 1st American edition. In 1735 a team of French scientists went to Ecuador to measure a degree on the equator in order to determine the precise shape and girth of the earth. Accompanying the expedition as watchdogs for Philip V of Spain were two Spanish naval officers, Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa, exemplars of enlightenment through and sensitive, perceptive observers. For ten years while working with the French team the viewed daily life in most of Spanish South America, and eventually published a widely read, glowing description of this area. At the same time they wrote a second manuscript of an entirely different sort: a confidential report to the king and his ministers describing corruption, graft, brutality, smuggling, immorality, extortion, and a host of other evils pervading the Spanish colonial system in the viceroyalty of Peru. The manuscript discussed in detail economic life, military conditions, weakness and corruption in imperial administration, and the plight of the Indians. The report subsequently circulated among royal bureaucrats in Madrid and became the basis for a number of imperial reforms of the last half of the eighteenth century. One of the copies of the report slipped out of Spain and was published in London in 1826 in a Spanish edition, primarily as a postscript to the wars of independence in Spanish America. Partial and full editions of the work appeared later in the midnineteenth and twentieth centuries. However, this is the first English edition, and the only translation ever made from the original report. Few works on the Spanish Empire can compare with it for style or perception; it ranks with Alexander von Humboldt's Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain as one of the keenest analyses of Spanish colonial life and institutions. Written in the first person, primarily by Antonio de Ulloa, the Work provides a unique insight into the politics and morality of the Spanish imperial system. Condition: Small sticker residue on front end paper else a near fine copy in like jacket. Bookseller Inventory # CA0006

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Title: Discourse and Political Reflections on the ...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Original Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First American Edition

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Original Language: Spanish

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