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Biersack, Martin (2016): Las prácticas de control sobre los extranjeros en el virreinato del Río de la Plata (1730-1809). In: Revista de Indias, Vol. 76, No. 268: pp. 673-716 [PDF, 624kB]


During the eighteenth century, surveillance of foreigners depended mainly on the cooperation of the neighbors who reported them. This informal vigilance, where the government only acted in case of conflict, was finally replaced by an institutionalized, clandestine and permanent control. This article is based on documentation of the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata, taken from published but previously unknown sources in the Archivo General de la Nacion Argentina. The most relevant sources are royal decrees, edicts and government orders, the registration of foreigners, in particular, and also Cabildo proceedings.

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