Context: Provisional Instruction for the Administration of Rent in […] Vera Cruz (G206-32)


Gálvez devotes over one hundred pages to providing instructions to Veracruz. In this lengthy report, Gálvez emphasizes the importance of collecting accurate fees in an efficient manner. He discusses various topics, including the enforcement and exceptions to general sales tax, trading port inspections, salary rates and contraband prevention. The document as a whole sheds light on how daily trade interactions actually involved complex bureaucratic operations, whose profits were an ongoing concern for the king.

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



Spatial Context:

Map of Modern-Day Veracruz

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