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Study Report

Study Number: AC-505-001-1-1-Puerto Rico-DISC-1779

Subject Area: County

Bibliographic Citation: Population by sex and socio-racial categories for Puerto Rico, 1779-1802.  [machine-readable data file] / Scarano, Francisco A.  [principal investigator(s)] / Data and Information Services Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 6/22/2012

Number of Files Received: 25

Comments: Data is in CSV format. This study can be downloaded at DISC Online Archive.

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 1/24/2011

Documentation: Codebook file is in CSV format and 23 scanned report page in PDF format. Related publications are 1. Scarano, Francisco A. 1974. "The Puerto Rican Population, 1765-1815: A Statistical Analysis." Unpublished Master's Thesis, Columbia University and 2. Scarano, Francisco A. and Katherine J. Curtis. 2011. " Research Note: Puerto Rico's Padrones, 1765-1815." Latin American Research and Review 46(2).

Abstract: The series consists of 23 annual censuses spanning the years 1779 to 1802, a collection that for its scope and continuousness is unique among serial sources of Spanish American colonial history. The padrones were born of a 1776 Royal Order requesting viceroys and executives of Capitanías Generales and Gobernaciones, such as Puerto Rico, to prepare reports on population, broken down by social status, race, and sex. The object was the civil population and, therefore, excludes the regular army troops. The series reports the population of whites, Indians, free mulattoes, free blacks, mulatto slaves and black slaves for each of 30 partidos in all 23 years (exculding 1796). Each socio-racial group was subdivided by sex and an ambiguous 'age' criterion, which we have interpreted as the difference between dependent (or minor) status and mayoría de edad (adulthood or full age, which in the Spanish American context was 25 years of age). For each socio-racial group there are four subdivisions: adult males and females, and young males and females.

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