Central America by Jan L. Flora, Professor Edelberto Torres-Rivas (eds.)

By Jan L. Flora, Professor Edelberto Torres-Rivas (eds.)

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30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 15 Ibid, p. xviii. Ibid, p. xvi-xvii. Woodward,Jr, Central America, pp. 10-20. Ibid, pp. I 7 and 20. Ibid, p. 22. Ibid, pp. 26--34. Wortman, Government and Society, p. 5. Ibid, p. 5. Ibid, p. 13; note: the alcalde is the mayor or headman of the community. Ibid, p. 29; note: a real was one-eighth of a peso; pesos were silver coins, and hence were worth considerably more than is a British pound or US dollar today. Ibid, pp. 25-6. Ibid, p. 34; note: The audiencia was the chief administrative and legislative body of the Kingdom; the president of the audiencia was the representative of the Crown.

21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 15 Ibid, p. xviii. Ibid, p. xvi-xvii. Woodward,Jr, Central America, pp. 10-20. Ibid, pp. I 7 and 20. Ibid, p. 22. Ibid, pp. 26--34. Wortman, Government and Society, p. 5. Ibid, p. 5. Ibid, p. 13; note: the alcalde is the mayor or headman of the community. Ibid, p. 29; note: a real was one-eighth of a peso; pesos were silver coins, and hence were worth considerably more than is a British pound or US dollar today. Ibid, pp. 25-6.

In El Salvador and Guatemala, those oligarchies gained power after Liberal "reforms" in the second half of the nineteenth century. Nicaragua experienced a tardy and less pronounced Liberal reform. The reforms involved (a) making land into a commodity by virtually eliminating communal and church lands so they could be acquired by coffee-growing entrepreneurs, (b) insuring an adequate labour force by variously "freeing" or coercing workers to work in coffee, and (c) strengthening the state to ensure orderly and profitable marketing of the new export crop.

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