Las capitanías generales de provincias estratégicas hispanoamericanas durante los reinados de Felipe V: Aproximación al perfil socio-profesional de una institución atlántica

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This chapter offers a comparative analysis of the captaincies-general in Spain and Spanish America and of the profile of men appointed to these offices between 1700 and 1746. It demonstrates that Spanish American captaincies-general were usually of inferior standing and less prestige than their counterparts in Spain. However, the transition from Hapsburg to Bourbon rule and the gradual 'professionalisation' of strategic captaincies-general in the Americas transformed them into stepping stones for ambitious officers seeking social and professional promotion whose careers spanned the Spanish Atlantic. The chapter demonstrates that studying captaincies-general and the men appointed to them from a perspective that incorporates the whole Spanish world allows us to better understand the complex, and changing, relationships between different parts of early modern transoceanic empires.

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Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationÉlites, representación y redes atlánticas en la Hispanoamérica moderna
EditorsFrancisco Eissa Barroso, Ainara Vázquez Varela, Silvia Espelt-Bombín
Place of PublicationZamora, Michoacán, Mexixo
PublisherEl Colegio de Michoacán
Number of pages64
ISBN (Print)978-607-544-011-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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NameColección Investigaciones
PublisherEl Colegio de Michoacán

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