The Silver King: The Remarkable Life of the Count of Regia in Colonial Mexico (Paperback)
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The Silver King: The Remarkable Life of the Count of Regia in Colonial Mexico (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 30/11/2003
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Pedro Romero de Terreros, the first Count of Regla, was born in Spain in 1710. When he was twenty-one, his parents sent him to live with an uncle in New Spain and to assume control of the family's businesses. He married the daughter of a wealthy noble family in Mexico City and continued to build on the combined fortunes as a merchant and a mining entrepreneur. From the mid-eighteenth century until his death in 1781, Regla was admired for his philanthropy, the recipients of which included colleges and monasteries and he helped establish a banking institution that enabled both rich and poor to pawn goods for cash. Regla's life also illustrates many of the problems facing Mexico today including struggles in the workplace between those who supply the capital for production and those who supply the labour. Edith Boorstein Couturier uses Regla's career to address the growing social tensions of the eighteenth century, showing how Spanish immigrants could ascend in Mexican society, how entrepreneurship permitted such social climbing, how women sustained their kinsmen, and how elite families rose and fell in New Spain.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826328748
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 388 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
." . . if you are fascinated by the history of colonial Mexico, you'll discover a wealth of fresh insights between the covers of this book."
." . a work of socialand historical interest that brings to life Regla and the Mexico he inhabited, leaving the reader with a clearer picture of life in colonial Mexico and a vivid image of a memorable man."
"This excellent biography by Edith Couturier provides a mature analysis of manuscripts from Spanish and Mexican archives and, most importantly, Regla's papers which cover both his public and private life. . . . Using Regla's archive, Couturier can go beyond the already well-known facets of the count's mining career to examine his private life. Her chapters on his family life, home, and charitable activities are truly rewarding and provide important nuances to Regla's often hard-edged, rapacious, and callous story."
." . a work of social and historical interest that brings to life Regla and the Mexico he inhabited, leaving the reader with a clearer picture of life in colonial Mexico and a vivid image of a memorable man."

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