Jose de Bustamante and Central American Independence: Colonial Administration in an Age of Imperial Crisis (Paperback)Timothy P. Hawkins (author)
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Based on extensive primary research in the archives of Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain, Hawkins's approach links the Central American experience to that of areas such as Peru, Venezuela, and Mexico, that also responded equivocally and haphazardly to rebellious uprisings against colonial rule. While conceding that Bustamante's role in the suppression of unrest turned him into one of the more controversial figures in Latin American history, Hawkins argues that the Bustamante administration should not be seen as an isolated and perverse case of Spanish repression but as an example of a relatively successful, if short lived, campaign by Spain to preserve its empire.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"Bustamante's tenure in office is especially significant because he advocated many of the Spanish Enlightenment themes, he was a senior naval commander, and he had served as Alejandro Malaspina's co-planner and commander during the great Spanish scientific maritime expedition and imperial inspection mission of 1789-1794."--Christon I. Archer, author of "The Army in Bourbon Mexico, 1760-1810"