The baylío Julián de Arriaga occupied a central place in the governance of Bourbon America, serving as secretary of the Offices for Marine and the Indies from 1754 until his death in early 1776, by far the longest stretch for any minister. Yet little was known about this figure other than his reputation for exceptional rectitude and propriety, his conservative inclinations, and his faithful service to Charles III. His background has in general been an even greater mystery. The present volume by María Baudot, which addresses the young Arriaga, partially fills this void. The work began as a doctoral dissertation at Spain's Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia under the direction of the distinguished Carlos Martínez Shaw, and it was published through collaboration by the Spanish Ministry of Defense and the Cátedra de Historia Naval, directed by Juan José Sánchez Baena at...

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