In many ways, the late Engel Sluiter was a pioneer. Long before the computer age and the ensuing penchant for quantitative analysis, Sluiter saw rich opportunities in the numerical data from the colonial New World. In his research on international rivalries in the Indies and elsewhere, he began compiling such data more than 60 years ago, filed away in cabinets at his home in Berkeley. Not surprisingly, he was quickly drawn to the Spanish royal accounts for determining the costs of imperial defense, trade movements, mining output, and a host of other colonial matters. In this volume—fittingly published by the Bancroft Library at the University of California where he has deposited his microfilm, photocopies, and personal transcriptions—he finally presents his findings for the period from 1576 to 1648.

His tables focus on three geographic regions: New Spain, New Granada, and Peru (both Upper and Lower), as well as touching on...

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