It went without saying, for
someone that did not want to be seen the last place they would go would
naturally be the Prado.
In the Madrid economy, there
were two principal sources of supply for products. Moreover, is almost sure that
in Madrid of the 17th century those two sources for supply of products were the
Mediterranean ports for spices, fine objects, silk, etc., and the Atlantic ports
for products from the colonies.
Recreation of a private room
for women only.
arrived in Madrid on a daily basis, greens, fruits, and vegetables from the
nearby zones, either Castilian or other areas.
To explain the growth of
personal wealth and the movement of funds in the Court there existed another
decisive factor. "The loans," that the nobility, middle-class and
civil servants, in addition to the clergy, that were given to other cities and
regions, were capital funds that came from income received by the nobility,
clergy, proprietors, landowners, etc.
The King and other
government agencies were the payees of these loans, also.
Nevertheless, Madrid also produced a series of
manufactured goods, from the artisans and masters that were not taken into
In the Court that were
a multitude of small stores, small industries, workshops, forges, and shops,
merchants and traders of all sorts, importers of products, rich and flourishing
guilds, a mosaic of professions and businesses that impelled the capital
economy, that is the Court, complex and diverse.
It was not justified that
Madrid, in the 17th century, was economically considered a threshing floor and a
Madrid produced very little
for export, it is true, but it maintained a production of goods, manufactured
items and had sufficient capital, not only to maintain the economic wheels
turning, but also to producing revenues and reserves.
The picture shows:
Comedians' low cart.
It highlights a
curtain standing out on one hand
and another with vignettes to explain
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