Seven. Institutions of the Spanish American Empire in the Hapsburg Era

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. Susan Elizabeth Ramírez

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch7

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Ramírez, S. E. (2010) Institutions of the Spanish American Empire in the Hapsburg Era, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. Texas Christian University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633

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Keywords:

  • institutions of Spanish American Empire - in the Hapsburg Era;
  • Columbus's hope of finding nutmeg and cinnamon - institutional structure of Western Hemisphere taking shape;
  • Spanish colonial administrative structure;
  • Audiencias, of mainland Spanish America;
  • local power, town council or cabildo - citizens chosen as aldermen or councilmen and magistrates, jurisdiction over vecinos;
  • Church and State - civil bureaucracy and local town councils not governing;
  • State Policy, scholars on how these institutions - affecting whole sectors of developing economies of Spanish America;
  • latent centralization of power - built into the structure;
  • contradictions within system of governance – practices, different than what was expected in principle;
  • institutional to social history - concept of “obedezco pero no cumplo

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Spanish Colonial Administrative Structure

  • Church and State

  • State Policy

  • Centralizing Ambiguities

  • Corrupting Contradictions

  • From Institutional to Social History

  • bibliography