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Inscribing mining practice and theory: conceptions of knowledge production and the Iberian state in Capoche’s and Hinestrosa’s relaciones (2023)


This contribution uses two narratives composed by practicing miners in Spain’s Viceroyalty of Peru to explore period conceptions of the Iberian state’s interest in metallurgical knowledge. Luis Capoche’s 1585 Relación general … de Potosí (“General Relation of Potosí”) and Juan Francisco de Hinestrosa’s 1596 Relación breve y sumaria … del descubrimiento … de nuebo Potosí (“Short relation and summary of the discovery of New Potosí”) evince parallels in content and form. While these similarities can be attributed merely to the context of colonial Iberian mining administration, they also point to a horizon of expectations shared by these authors and their intended readers, the viceroy and king. An exploration of the varied ways that Capoche and Hinestrosa marshalled theoretical and practical metallurgical knowledge in their writings enriches previous scholarship that has argued for the Iberian state’s interest in and promotion of knowledge production.

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Authors & Contributors
Bigelow, Allison Margaret
Bleichmar, Daniela
Cañizares-Esguerra, Jorge
Crawford, Matthew James
Gomis, Alberto
Guerrero, Saúl
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Colonial Latin American Review
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Indiana University Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Notre Dame Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Casa de Velázquez
Spain, colonies
Mines and mining
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Barba, Alvaro Alonso
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Bargalló, Modesto
Cobo, Bernabé
Columbus, Christopher
Gamboa, Francisco Javier de
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
18th century
Early modern
19th century
20th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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