This question is a source request for real or estimated annual account ledgers for ranchos in Mexican California.

Not much cash was used, so records are sparse. Most goods on the rancho were produced there or acquired in trade for cattle hides and sacks of tallow. Rancheros tithed part of their harvest and livestock increase. Towards the end of the period they ostensibly paid Indian laborers a wage, probably more often in credit for goods than in cash.

Are there any rancho budgets out there, whether original or contrived?

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