Francisco Pizarro and his brothers : the illusion of power in sixteenth-century Peru /
by Rafael Varón Gabai ; translated by Javier Flores Espinoza.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1997.
xvi, 352 p. : map.
080612833X (alk. paper)
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1997.
080612833X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-10:
Francisco Pizarro and his brothers used their political control of Peru to amass a huge family fortune based on encomiendas, mines, agricultural holdings, and a variety of other investments. When the family lost its political power, its wealth was threatened by confiscations and lawsuits. The surviving brother, Hernando, saved the family fortune. In the 1550s, Hernando consolidated the lines of inheritance by marrying Francisco's young heir, Francisca. He defended the family's financial holdings in Peru by using legal actions to delay confiscations and judgments against them, and having other properties sold off. This short term approach maximized the amount of income that could be reinvested in safer holdings in Spain to build a mayorazgo (entailed estate) for his heirs. This well-researched work contains valuable information about the economic organization of the conquest of Peru, the scope of the Pizarro brothers' personal fortunes, how their loss of political power undermined that economic base, and how Hernando Pizarro successfully preserved much of that fortune to be passed on to future generations. Upper-division undergraduates and above. V. H. Cummins; Austin College
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In Francisco Pizarro and His Brothers, Rafael Varón Gabai breaks fresh ground in his reconstruction of the Pizarros' conquest as a new form of business enterprise, built up by Francisco Pizarro both to conduct government and to manage his family's exploitation of Peru. The private nature of the Pizarro enterprise, together with the public political support it received at first from the Spanish Crown, allowed Pizarro to build an organization of several hundred people.
Table of Contents
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List of Abbreviations
Before the Conquestp. 3
Capitulacion, Grants, and Controlsp. 36
Francisco Pizarro, Governor of Peru (1532-1541)p. 70
The Pizarro Estate under Its Guardians (1541-1553)p. 90
Hernando Pizarro and Dona Francisca: Marriage and Estate Unificationp. 108
The Personnelp. 137
The Andean World and the Conquerorsp. 165
The Estate of Francisco Pizarro and His Childrenp. 206
The Estate of the Pizarro Brothersp. 242
Conclusion and Epiloguep. 277
Grants Given to the Pizarro Brothersp. 299
Notes on the Calculation of the Number of Tribute Payers Held by Francisco and Hernando Pizarro in 1540p. 307
Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 341
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