Context: Reports from the General Sales Tax Accountant which Demonstrate […] Benefits […] as Determined by the Visita (G206-20)


This document comes from the later stages of Gálvez’s inspection. Its comprehensive data analysis of sales tax from many regions of New Spain reflects his years of travel and extensive communication with local officials about their economic performance. A document like this, which both notes the individual economic status of cities, towns, and villages, and the overall regional growth, was a valuable source of information. For Bourbon monarch Carlos III, promoting economic efficiency was a priority, so Gálvez’s neat summary of local revenue production would have been of great interest to him. After all, the Spanish Empire was only as profitable as the local economies that generated its wealth.

Spatial Context:

See the map below for visualizations of many of the cities, towns, and villages cited in this document, based on current locations:

Table 1 refers to the table from image G206-0915

Table 2 refers to the table from image G206-0917 left side

Table 3 refers to the table from image G206-917 right side

Table 4 refers to the table from image G206-919 left side

Table 5 refers to the table from image G206-919 right side

Not included: Jurirapundaro, Gerequaro, Xicayan, Jesuit.n, Pupan.ta, Guican, Yurirapundaro, Xenguaro, Cuisco de la Laguna, Guida de Ampilas, Saltepeque, Guadalinasar, Ygualapan, Apam, Guimapam, Nicayan, Nefopam, Villa Alza, Terequaro, Axixto, Suma de enfrente, Guantla Arriulpax, Santa Maria Parras, San Fernando de las Presas, Escandon, Guemes y Padilla, Aguayo, Real de los infantes, Sierra de pinos, and Saltillana. This list of un-included cities, towns, and villages may contain spelling mistakes.

Major Players:



Jose de Gálvez, Royal Inspector to New Spain 1765-1771



Carlos Francisco de Croix, Viceroy of the Spanish kingdom of New Spain 1766-1771



 Juan Antonio de Arze y Arroyo, General Accountant




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