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Collection of 5 manuscript account ledgers - COLOMBIA) - 1830. 
Colombia. 1830 - Five account ledgers in various hands dealing with the Colombian liquor trade. Colombia 1830-1846. 5 volumes in folio. Bound in original limp sheepskin or vellum. Medellín. Account ledger for aguardiente produced on the Santa Rosa plantation, 1830. One leaf deals with liquor distilled, the rest remaining blank. Mompos. Tax ledger 1833-35. Gives particulars of the taxes and sale of licences for distilling and selling aguardiente. Cartagena. Tax ledger 1837-38. Gives accounts for the dues collected each month (mostly overdue) and the money paid out. Some distillers pad 2 reales a month, the majority 1 real. Some held a licence for 3 months, many returned it and ceased paying the tax. Some staining. Cartagena Province. Tax ledger for district of Soledad 1845-46. 23 leaves of licences for selling and distilling liquor, which were paid monthly. Popayan. Tax ledger, district of Caloto 1845-46. Includes details of the revenues received from liquor and the 9% tax levied on loans and the registration of stills. The Colombian government sought to control the production of aguardiente, and for many years it was a government monopoly. About half those holding licences were women; of these about half were able to sign their names. Most of the men were literate. South American source documents of the post-colonial period are rarely found today; they have been mostly lost or destroyed, as there was no tradition of preserving them in most countries. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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