This is the Spanish translation of “British Informal Empire in Uruguay in the Nineteenth Century,” which appears as an article in the November 1976 issue of Past and Present. Winn concludes that the concept of British informal empire developed by John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson applies to Uruguay. At first, Winn argues, England used diplomatic and armed intervention. In the heyday of informal empire, from 1864 to the turn of the century, investment sufficed. The result was profit for England and dependent development for Uruguay.

Just how informal empire differs from economic imperialism or predominance is not made clear. There is no comparison with overt empire—Australia and New Zealand have economies similar to Uruguay’s—to see whether colonies provided England with additional advantages. Winn, who used archival sources, especially diplomatic, for the British side relies principally on secondary sources for the Uruguayan side and uncritically accepts some very questionable interpretations offered in these books, such as the late nineteenth-century emergence of an anti-British elite generation descended from the economically dispossessed old creole elite. In short, this study can be considered a prospectus for Winn’s promised history of Anglo-Uruguayan economic and political relations from 1830 to 1930.