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Rescates was a term for the smuggling trade in the sixteenth-century Spanish Caribbean.[1] The word is derived from the Spanish verb rescatar, "to ransom" or "to rescue."


  1. ^ Andrews, Kenneth R. (1984). The Spanish Caribbean: Trade and Plunder, 1530–1630. New Haven: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521276986. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  • Wright, Irene A. "Rescates: With Special Reference to Cuba, 1599–1610". Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 3, No. 3 (August 1920), 333–361.