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The Silver King: The Remarkable Life of the Count of Regla in Colonial Mexico Edith Boorstein Couturier

The Silver King: The Remarkable Life of the Count of Regla in Colonial Mexico

Edith Boorstein Couturier

Published March 15th 2004
ISBN : 9780826328748
Paperback
224 pages
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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 familys businesses. He married the daughter of a wealthyMorePedro 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 familys 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. Reglas 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 Reglas 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.