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The Spanish Convoy of 1750Heaven's Hammer and International Diplomacy$
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James A. Lewis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033587

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033587.001.0001

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Closing the Books (Cuentas y Quentas)

Closing the Books (Cuentas y Quentas)

(p.83) 8 Closing the Books (Cuentas y Quentas)
The Spanish Convoy of 1750

James A. Lewis

University Press of Florida

Significant portions of the surviving documentation concerning the 1750 flota are financial accounts. In Spanish, the word “account” can carry a narrative as well as a financial meaning. Indeed, these quentas are rich in both. At the end of the day, the financial implications of the story mattered the most to the individuals who were most likely to put pen to paper. As with many events involving natural disasters, closing the books on the flota was gradual, painful, confusing, and unsatisfactory, and are especially so for those who like to see justice and moral triumphs in the historical past. Whatever the chronology might be for the emergence of Spanish women in traditional male fields such as politics and legal rights, the Spanish flota of 1750 shows a much earlier presence in the Atlantic world of commerce.

Keywords:   1750 flota, natural disasters, financial accounts, Spanish commerce, Spanish women

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