Consumption and excess in Spanish America (1700-1830)
Earle, Rebecca (2003) Consumption and excess in Spanish America (1700-1830). Working Paper. Manchester: University of Manchester. Centre for Latin American Cultural Studies. (Working paper).
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It may be said without exaggeration, that the finest stuffs made in countries, where industry is always inventing something new, are more generally seen in Lima than in any other place; vanity and ostentation not being restrained by custom or law. With this grand overstatement the Spanish travellers Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa summed up their account of fashion in 1740s Lima. Dress in the capital of colonial Peru, according to these men, differed from that of Europe only in its extravagance. European goods and clothing, they insisted, were widely available, which allowed the ladies of Lima to indulge their immoderate taste for Flemish lace and pearls, to the ruination of their husbands. Such was these women’s passion for finery that they often succumbed to uterine cancer, brought on, the travellers were certain, by ‘their excessive use of perfumes’.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History > Comparative American Studies
Faculty of Arts > History
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Latin America -- Civilization -- 18th century, Latin America -- Civilization -- 19th century, Latin America -- Social life and customs -- 18th century, Latin America -- Social life and customs -- 19th century, Fashion -- Latin America -- History -- 18th century, Fashion -- Latin America -- History -- 19th century, Luxury -- History -- 18th century, Luxury -- History -- 19th century, Consumption (Economics) -- Latin America -- History -- 18th century, Consumption (Economics) -- Latin America -- History -- 19th century|
|Series Name:||Working paper|
|Publisher:||University of Manchester. Centre for Latin American Cultural Studies|
|Place of Publication:||Manchester|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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