Spanish empire

The world in 1700 sees the basic structure revive as

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Unformatted text preview: in Spain and Europe in the 1640s due to either the collapse of the mines or the lessening of demand from China. Weakens the military power of Spain, as Spain buys it’s military power. It doesn’t meant that an interest in the silver economy wanes, but there is less pressure on mobilizing workers. The city of Potosi that was once 150,000, is a quarter of it’s size in 1700. The mining in Mesoamerica had not soared as high in demand as in Potosi, thus doesn’t fall as far. Still, it’s meaningful (20- 40%) New mines were found at Paral (?) in the 1630s, mining revives and thrives to the 1680s as they push north into the frontier regions of the independent peoples. There is a shift in economic focus from the Andes to New Spain. Arguably, the independent indigenous peoples are less pressured by the Spanish Empire for land conquest, while those of the north are. Another piece of this consolidation, a key conclusion of John Lynch, is that he economic center/core of the Spanish empire shifted to the Americas from Europe. Imperial construct that refuses to mee...
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