Using the example of Don Francisco de Ribera Ovando, it is possible to reconstruct the way in which a noble estate in Cáceres was administered in the first half of the 17th century, both in terms of the assets it owned and the amount of income it generated.
As with other members of this social group, land ownership was the main source of income, to which could be added the exploitation of the land if it was exploited directly or leased for this purpose. The second source of income came from seed land, which was exploited by means of leases to different farmers in exchange for an amount of between two and three reales per bushel, in addition to land and pasture land. In addition, thanks to the possession and exploitation of their lands, they received large amounts in kind, such as wheat, barley and rye. Finally, the third major source of income was olive groves and oil mills, which accounted for 17.7% of the total.
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Source: Rodríguez, A. (1990). "Una administración nobiliaria de la primera mitad del siglo XVII: la hacienda de Don Francisco de Ribera Ovando (Cáceres), en Studia historica. Historia moderna, nº 8, p. 94.
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Abstract: Table showing the income of the estate of Don Francisco de Ribera Ovando, as an example of the administration of a Castilian estate in the mid-17th century