This book is an interesting story of greed, corruption, and the clash of local Mexican interests versus those of the newly formed Spanish Bourbon monarchy under Philip V. It is one of the few studies in English concerning a viceregal tenure, and certainly the only in print concerning a Mexican viceroy during the early eighteenth century. For that alone, author Christoph Rosenmüller should be commended. In addition, the book sheds some light on the turmoil caused both in Spain and Mexico by the War of the Spanish Succession. Within Spain a large number of the elites saw the assumption to the throne by a Bourbon as the first step to a total French takeover of the Spanish state, and hence a challenge to their influence and prestige. Many abandoned Philip V and joined the forces of the Austrian claimant. Meanwhile, within Mexico, many,...

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