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CARPIO-PENAGOS, Carlos Uriel del. Simojovel Tobacco Growers of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries. LiminaR [online]. 2018, vol.16, n.1, pp.169-182. ISSN 2007-8900.

By accessing first-hand sources in Seville and in Guatemala I studied the functioning of the oficial tobacco monopoly, the size of tobacco-producing units, their social composition, and the technical changes that occurred in this area during the late 18th century and early 19th century in Simojovel, Chiapas, Mexico. This activity led to private property land-holding within the municipality, which in turn led to the disappearance of former communally-held land parcels among the indigenous “ejido” members. We claim that because the town was located on a well-traveled route between Ciudad Real and Tabasco, immigrants were attracted to settle there by the existing cultivation of tobacco, and by the prospect of setting up legal or contraband business ventures, thus converting Simojovel into a center of racial and cultural mixing.

Keywords : tobacco; agricultural production; agricultural producers; social history; economic history.

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