Article ID: CBB240312771

Forestry, Territorial Organization, and Military Struggle in the Early Modern Spanish Monarchy (April 2018)


In the early modern period, timber was in great demand, and as such its conservation became a major concern of European monarchs. This article traces the history of the Royal Site of the Soto de Roma Crown forest in the Spanish floodplain of Granada, as regards the political evolution of the Spanish monarchy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Royal Site of the Soto de Roma, the only forest of the Royal Sites systematically used in the production of naval components, helped to support the imperial structure of the monarchy by providing the raw materials for the gun carriages mounted on the royal fleets. Apart from dealing with the dynamics of selecting and felling the trees, as well as transportation of the timber from the forest to the city of Malaga, this article also focuses on the importance of the timber from Soto de Roma in the daily lives of the inhabitants of Granada, whose needs clashed with those of the monarchy due to the complex nature of the interaction between royal interests and nature. Finally, it highlights the development and transformation of the landscape of Soto de Roma throughout the early modern period.

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Authors & Contributors
Wing, John T.
Blakemore, Richard J.
Cleminson, Richard
González Escrig, José Luis
Guzzetti, Luca
Kempe, Michael
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Environmental History
Journal for Maritime Research: Britian, the Sea and Global History
Journal of Early Modern History
Journal of Global History
Mariner's Mirror
Cambridge University Press
Boydell Press
Ediciones Corona Borealis
I. B. Tauris
Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Ships and shipbuilding
Forests and forestry
Travel; exploration
Science and government
Natural resource management
Sea travel
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Cobo, Bernabé
Fernández de Oviedo, Gonzalo
Harriot, Thomas
Hernández, Francisco
Quevedo, Francisco
Time Periods
16th century
Early modern
17th century
18th century
19th century
15th century
Great Britain
Ottoman Empire

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