In the early decades of the nineteenth century, Bues Aires underwent rapid ecomic growth. Previous studies have focused on the ecomy as a whole, or on a particular segment of the population; and most have disregarded how resources were intentionally organized to enable growth. This book focuses on the ecomic organizations that led the growth process--the estancias. Ecomic growth and increased freedom were t inevitable on the pampas, but rather the consequences of human actions in the search for profit. Why freedom, t privilege, prevailed is the key question underlying this study.