This book, based on a study of the credit market in Nueva Galicia during 1720–1820, reveals a number of the social characteristics of colonial Mexico, including social status, the role of women, the church, ethnicity, and the complexity of the family network in economic affairs.
1. Credit in Colonial Spanish-American Development 2. The Form and Function of Nueva Galicia's Credit Market, 1721-1820 3. Institutional Dimensions of the Credit Market 4. The Roles of Individuals And Groups in the Credit Market 5. Fluctuations in Nueva Galician Credit During the Late Colonial Period 6. City-Regional Relations: Credit as a Spatial Metric 7. Conclusions