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Foreign Immigrants in Early Bourbon Mexico, 1700-1760 : Cambridge Latin American Studies (Hardcover) - Charles F. Nunn

Foreign Immigrants in Early Bourbon Mexico, 1700-1760

Cambridge Latin American Studies (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 31st August 1979
ISBN: 9780521220514
Number Of Pages: 256

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The kings of Spain forbade foreigners and other 'undesirables' to immigrate to Spanish America. They saw aliens as threatening imperial, religious and mercantile security, and it might therefore be assumed that the Spaniards were xenophobic and intolerant. Dr Nunn's study shows that statutes tell only part of the story. In the years 1700-60 some 3 per cent of the foreign-born in Mexico were non-Spaniards who had entered the colony illegally. Who were these people, where did they come from, and what were their motives? In answering these questions, Dr Nunn demonstrates how illegal immigrants often escaped official detection and how even those known to the authorities were usually allowed to remain and make new lives for themselves. Neither Protestant nor Jew went to the stake in eighteenth-century Mexico. Harassment was more likely to come from officials seeking funds for an impecunious government than from the Inquisition.

List of tables and figures
Spies, interlopers, and the famous foreign merchant
Entering the viceroyalty: immigrants by accident and by design
Religion: the essential requirement
Other hurdles to acceptance
The burden of wealth
List of abbreviations and conventions
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ISBN: 9780521220514
ISBN-10: 0521220513
Series: Cambridge Latin American Studies (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st August 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47