Eleven. Imperial Rivalries and Reforms

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. John Fisher Professor

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch11

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Fisher, J. (2010) Imperial Rivalries and Reforms, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch11

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633



  • imperial rivalries and reforms;
  • six European powers - England, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, and Spain, competing for territory and commerce in 17th and 18th centuries;
  • Treaty of Utrecht of 1713, international agreement - among participants in the War of the Spanish Succession;
  • declaration in October 1739 of the Anglo-Spanish war - “The War of Jenkins' Ear”;
  • Seven Years War, of crucial importance - for history of Spain's relations with its American possessions;
  • Bourbon Reforms in Spanish America;
  • Charles III's measures in Spain and America - scheme of imperial reform and reorganization;
  • evidence of local resistance to reform programs - so-called Rebellion of the Comuneros of 1781 in New Granada


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Europe and Ibero-America 1700–1808: an Overview

  • War and Diplomacy

  • The Bourbon Reforms in Spanish America

  • Portugal and Brazil in the Eighteenth Century

  • Conclusion

  • bibliography