Research, Development, and Empire: State Support of Science in the Later Spanish Empire*

  title={Research, Development, and Empire: State Support of Science in the Later Spanish Empire*},
  author={Paula De Vos},
  journal={Colonial Latin American Review},
  pages={55 - 79}
  • Paula De Vos
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Medicine
  • Colonial Latin American Review
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