Tercio de frutos

20:22 Nov 4, 2019
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - History
Spanish term or phrase: Tercio de frutos
"El Puerto de Santa María en el tercio de frutos (siglo XVIII)"
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4 +5tercio de frutas (fruit quota)
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Helena Chavarria

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tercio de frutas (fruit quota)

I would leave it in Spanish with a few words of explanation.

"For the wine trade, an important fact was that from as early as 1519, the Merchant Venturers had a right to dictate what should form a proportion of the cargo of any boat sailing for the Americas. This was called the tercio de frutas, and included not just wine, but also vine plants."

Note added at 17 hrs (2019-11-05 13:39:32 GMT)

Frutos and frutas both mean fruit, but the dictionary also gives "fruto del país" as a Latin American term meaning "agricultural produce". It's possible that this comes from colonial Spain.

Note added at 17 hrs (2019-11-05 13:39:50 GMT)


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Asker: Thank you. It's "tercio de frutos", not "frutas" (so I wonder if "fruit" is a correct translation)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Marie Wilson
6 mins

agree  patinba
21 mins

agree  Carol Gullidge
1 hr

agree  neilmac
11 hrs

agree  Yvonne Gallagher
14 hrs
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Reference information:
Printed page 159

In fact, a law established that not less than one third of the merchandise exported to the colonies had to be agricultural products (tercio de frutos). Additionally, the American demand for food and industrial uses, i.e. soap factories, made olive oil the most profitable business throughout the XVth, XVIth and XVIIth centuries. As a consequence, the area close to the harbour towns which supplied the trade fleets to America began to be cropped with olives and vines. The increase of supply was achieved by two different processes, the extension of olive crops as well as their specialization and intensification.


Note added at 49 mins (2019-11-04 21:11:38 GMT)


Helena Chavarria
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Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Yvonne Gallagher
14 hrs
  -> Thank you, Yvonne :-)
agree  neilmac: I only knew the "tercio de Flandes"...
20 hrs
  -> I didn't know it literally meant 'a third' either! Cheers, Neil :-)
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