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¿Por qué se estancó la cabaña trashumante castellana en la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII? Una interpretación


  • Emilio Pérez Romero

    (Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, Madrid)


First, this article analyses the available sources to study the quantitative evolution of the Castilian transhumant flocks during the eighteenth century. These sources allow concluding that the number of livestock increased during the first half of the century and thereafter, it entered in a stationary stage probably until the Independence War. This stagnation coincided with an increase of the wool exports and with positive results for the transhumant exploitations. Therefore, this paper proposes that the scarcity of pastureland is the main explanation for this stagnation. Related to this hypothesis, the article studies the conflict arising from access to these pasture lands, the ways the land were redistributed and how all these events gave rise to the Mesta and the Castilian transhumance crisis.

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  • Emilio Pérez Romero, 2005. "¿Por qué se estancó la cabaña trashumante castellana en la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII? Una interpretación," Investigaciones de Historia Económica (IHE) Journal of the Spanish Economic History Association, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica, vol. 1, pages 15-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:invest:v:1:y:2005:p:15-44

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    1. Emilio Pérez Romero, 2016. "El negocio de la trashumancia en el siglo XVIII: la cabaña de Rojas (1746-1808)," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 69, pages 43-72, august.

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    Ganadería. Trashumancia. Pastos. Mesta;

    JEL classification:

    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment


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