JCB Fellow's Talk: Maria Victoria Marquez
Maria Victoria Marquez (The Ohio State University), Alice E. Adams Fellow
"Un rio caudaloso que corre, y fecunda las campiñas...: Representations of the mercantile world in eighteenth-century Perú and Río de la Plata"
Colonial Tucumán was a key mercantile hub that connected different territories and regional economies at the southern border of Spanish America. Since the seventeenth century, it specialized in producing and commercializing mules for work and transportation in the Andean mining centers. But in the eighteenth century, political, economic, and cultural transformations affecting the Spanish Empire demanded that mercantile elites from this region re-configure their identity and their position in the colonial system. This presentation will focus on texts produced in Tucumán, Rio de la Plata, Perú, and Spain that shed light on these challenges through the imaginaries and representations of the world of trade.
The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 p.m.