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LEON MEZA, René De. Coconut wine and mezcal: a history of joint commerce during the colonial era. Let. hist. [online]. 2015, n.12, pp.15-36. ISSN 2448-8372.

This article is about two alcoholic beverages which sold well in New Spain: coconut wine and mezcal (today-tequila). It analyzes the origin of both, particularly mezcal, starting from and differentiating from what has been written about tequila up until now. It studies its position in the taste of the consumers and the destination of the taxes generated by the sales during the colonial era. The analysis of the commerce of these beverages shows us the protectionist policies implemented by the authorities of the Audiencia de Guadalajara in favour of the local merchants and in detriment to the growers of Colima and producers of mezcal. Lastly, it suggests studying in detail the disappearance of coconut wine.

Palabras llave : commerce; liquor store; taxes; coconut; Tequila.

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