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ing to Bernal Diaz it amounted to 380,000 pesos, which are equivalent to 4890 marcs. · The two periods of the conquest of Peru, in which the Spaniards collected the greatest quantity of wealth, are those of the proceedings against Atahualpa, and the pillage of Cuzco. The ransom of the Inca which was divided in 1531, among 60 cavaliers, and 100 foot, amounted according to Garcilasso, to 3,930,000 ducats in gold, and 672,670 ducats in silver. Reducing these sums into marcs, we find 41,987 marcs of gold, and 115,508 marcs of silver, amounting together in value to 3,838,058 piastres, at 8 reals de plata Mexicana, or 20,149,804* livres tournoist. This treasure which was collected together in one house, the ruins of which I saw during my stay at Caxamarca in 1802, had served as ornaments in the temples of the sun of Pachacamac, Huailas, Cuzco, Guamachuco, and Sicllapampa. Gomarat, only estimates the ransom of Atalhualpa at 52,000 marcs of silver, and at 1,326,500 pesos de oro, or to 17,000 marcs of silver. In whatever relates to numbers, it seldom happens that the
* £822,438 Sterling. Trans.
+ Garcilasso, P. ii. Lib. i. c. 28 and 38.(T. ii. p. 27 and 51). Father Blas Valera reckons 4,800,000 ducados.
| Historia de las Indias, 1553, p. 67.
authors of the 16th century are unanimous. The spoil of Cuzco, according to Herrera*, was more than two millions of pesos, or above 25,700 marcs of gold.
From these data it appears probable, that the conquests of Mexico and Peru, did not throw into the hands of the Spaniards more than 80,000 marcs of gold. The greater part of the treasures were buried by the Indians, or thrown into the lakest; and so much of them as have been found from time to time in raking with Huacas, and paid the fifth to the King, have been confounded with the gold extracted from the mines. We shall add to these 80,000 marcs of gold, what was carried off in small portions from the West India Islands, the coast of Paria and Saint Martha, Darien and Florida; and we shall have, reckoning two thousand marcs per annum, till the mines of Tasco and Potosi began to be worked, another sum of 100,000 mares of gold.
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the New World, is much less than is commonly supposed. To judge of this with any degree of accuracy, we must recollect that the specie of France*, is estimated at 2500 millions of livres tournoist; that of Spain), at 450 millions $; and that of Great Britain|l, at 920 millions; and that the mass of gold and silver which remains in circulation in a country, far from following a proportion to its population, depends rather on the prosperity, and civilization of the inhabitants, and the quantity of productions which require to be represented by pecuniary signs. Supposing the value of the precious metals existing either in specie, or in wrought gold and silver,
* According to M. Necker in 1784, at 2200 millions of livres ; according to M. Arnould in 1791, two thousand millions of livres ; according to M. Desrotours in 1801, at 2290 millions; and according to M. M. Peuchet and Gerboux in 1805, at 2550 millions of livres tournois.
+ Upwards of 102 millions Sterling. Trans..
$ According to Ustariz in 1724, a hundred million of piastres, and according to the assertion of M. Musquiz, the minister of finance, cited in the work of M. Bourgoing, 80 millions of piastres in 1782. + € 18,367,340 Sterling. Trans.
|| Adam Smith only estimates it at 30 millions sterling at most.
9 % 37,551,000 Sterling Trans.
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