Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Los extravagantes: mano de obra en las minas de Oruro 1606-1650

Laura Escobari de Querejazu


It has been mantained that the labour force in Oruro’s mines at the beggining of the XVIIth century was free and not forced, but a study of new documents points out that both categories of work show sorne peculiar aspects meaning that the work was not free and there was forced manpower. The indians that were contracted to work on the Oruro’s mines freely were called extravagantes and their lives were so restricted by tribute payments and the untimely presence of the Potosi capturers that they were not free. This situation even included the sale of the indians, to which the extravagantes reacted with absenteeism and temporal escapes.

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