NUEVO SISTEMA DE GOBIERNO ECONOMICO PARA LA AMERICA: CON LOS MALES Y DAŅOS QUE LA CAUSA EL QUE HOY TIENE, DE LOS QUE PARTICIPA COPIOSAMENTE ESPAŅA; Y REMEDIOS UNIVERSALES PARA QUE LA PRIMERA TENGA CONSIDERABLES VENTAJAS, Y LA SEGUNDA MAYORES INTERESES.
Campillo y Cosio, Jose del:
Madrid. 1789. 297pp. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Lightly rubbed at extremities. Bookplates of Luis Montt and Alberto Parreņo on front pastedown and fly leaf. Faint library blindstamp on titlepage. Minor scattered foxing. Very good. A new economic plan to revive the failing fortunes of the Spanish empire in America, in which the author asserts that greater freedom needs to be given to Spain's colonies if they are to profit from them in the same way as Britain and France profit from their respective colonies. Though it was published in 1789, it was written much earlier and seems to have circulated widely in manuscript form. Campillo y Cosio (1693-1743) was Spain's Minister of Finance and War from 1741 to 1743; this work would be highly influential on Spanish economic policy in the later part of the 18th century. "Nowhere in Spanish thought were arguments for trade with independent Indians articulated more clearly than in the well-known NUEVO SISTEMA... a master plan to revive the economy of the empire...Part of it was apparently plagiarized and published in 1779 as the second half of a book entitled the PROYECTO ECONOMICO, by the Spanish economist and ilustrado Bernardo Ward...Many Bourbon administrators referred explicitly to it, as did Viedma, when he noted in 1784 that the Indian threat on the pampa would diminish if Pampas were treated with friendship and trade as the French did 'with similar savages, and as Mr. [Bernardo] Ward recommends with good reason in his PROYECTO ECONOMICO" - Weber. "Written in 1748, but never printed until 1789, probably on account of the unpleasant truths it contains relating to the treatment of the unfortunate Indians" - Sabin. An important piece of New World economics in Spanish America, as well as an enlightened Spanish view on dealing with indigenous populations. PALAU 41265. MEDINA (BHA) 5341. SABIN 10314. David Weber, BARBAROS: SPANIARDS AND THEIR SAVAGES IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT (Yale University Press, 2005), pp.181-82.
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