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Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History is a sourcebook of primary texts and images intended for scholars and general readers. The book centers upon people-people from different parts of the world who came together to form societies by chance and by design in the years after 1492.

This text is designed to encourage a detailed exploration of the cultural development of colonial Latin America through a wide variety of documents and visual materials, most of which have been translated and presented originally for this collection.

Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History is a revision of SR Books' popular Colonial Spanish America. The new edition welcomes a third co-editor and, most significantly, embraces Portuguese and Brazilian materials. Other fundamental changes include new documents from Spanish South America, the addition of some key color images, plus six reference maps, and a decision to concentrate entirely upon primary sources. The book is meant to enrich, not repeat, the work of existing texts on this period, and its use of primary sources to focus upon people makes it stand out from other books that have concentrated on the political and economic aspects. The book's illustrations and documents are accompanied by introductions which provide context and invite discussion. These sources feature social changes, puzzling developments, and the experience of living in Spanish and Portuguese American colonial societies.

Religion and society are the integral themes of Colonial Latin America. Religion becomes the nexus for much of what has been treated as political, social, economic, and cultural history during this period. Society is just as inclusive, allowing readers to meet a variety of individuals-not faceless social groups. While some familiar names and voices are included-conquerors, chroniclers, sculptors, and preachers-other, far less familiar points of view complement and complicate the better-known narratives of this history. In treating Iberia and America, before as well as after their meeting, apparent contradictions emerge as opportunities for understanding; different perspectives become prompts for wider discussion. Other themes include exploration and contact; religious and cultural change; slavery and society, miscegenation, and the formation, consolidation, reform, and collapse of colonial institutions of government and the Church, as well as accompanying changes in economies and labor.

This sourcebook allows readers to consider the thoughts and actions of a wide range of people who were making choices and decisions, pursuing ideals, misperceiving each other, experiencing disenchantment, absorbing new pressures, breaking rules as well as following them, and employing strategies of survival which might involve both reconciliation and opposition.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Journal Of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Adding this book to syllabi which treat what is usually referred to as the 'colonial period' will undoubtedly enrich the experience and expand the understanding of undergraduates studying Latin America.
Emphasizing the confluence of the many, varied peoples that formed societies in colonial Latin America by chance and by design in the years following 1492, this text examines the country's cultural development based on readings, documents, historical analysis, photographs, drawings, and paintings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Rocky Mountain Review
This text constitutes the most diverse and illuminating set yet assembled on colonial Spanish America. The editors have succeeded brilliantly in combining highly useful original sources intended for the serious undergraduate with a scholarly apparatus and commentary of the highest order.
Colonial Latin American Historical Review
A much-needed and innovative selection of texts and images. . . . Suited for classroom use, this work blends primary and secondary sources dealing with gender, class, race, ethnicity, and institutional development in early Latin America. This volume is recommended to students and aficionados of Spanish colonial history in the Americas.
Bryan McCann
An invaluable resource for teachers of colonial Latin American history. The documents are well-chosen, judiciously translated, and beautifully introduced. They bring forth the key themes of faith, honor, patronage, and mestizaje in vivid, unforgettable strokes. And like all vital historical documents, they are challenging and open to multiple interpretations, offering fertile ground for classroom discussion.
Inc. Book News
Emphasizing the confluence of the many, varied peoples that formed societies in colonial Latin America by chance and by design in the years following 1492, this text examines the region's cultural development based on readings, documents, historical analysis, photographs, drawings, and paintings.
Kris Lane
I've taught the colonial Latin American survey for the last nine years, and the only source reader I really like is Mills, Taylor, & Graham. I keep coming back to it because it is thorough, well-selected, and of the highest scholarly caliber. The documents are all relevant to my approach to the survey, and I use virtually all of them in the course of each semester. Since many have a religious or ethnohistorical focus, they nicely complement the more political economy/secular society thrust of most textbooks. The use of art historical approaches to understanding colonial (and pre-colonial) thought and vision is the icing on the cakeā€”not just pictures, but 'visual texts.'
Nicole von Germeten
This is the most challenging, useful and thoughtful collection of primary sources available for the study of Colonial Latin America.
Paula DeVos
A unique and eclectic collection of archival 'vignettes' that students would not normally have any exposure. Although they focus on individual experiences and situations, these vignettes have great teaching value for the larger themes of colonial Latin American history. They bring history alive in ways that textbooks cannot. Probably most important, they allow me to illustrate larger lecture points in a way that is not only clear but memorable to students.
John Russell-Wood
I have the highest regard for this as an invaluable text.
Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Adding this book to syllabi which treat what is usually referred to as the 'colonial period' will undoubtedly enrich the experience and expand the understanding of undergraduates studying Latin America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842029971
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 471
  • Sales rank: 267,518
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Note
List of Illustrations
Reference Maps
Introduction - Texts and Images for Colonial History
Pt. I Old Worlds and the Time of Discoveries
The Ancestors of the People Called Indians: A View from Huarochiri, Peru (ca. 1598-1608)
The Inka's Tunics (fifteenth to sixteenth centuries)
The Lords and Holy Men of Tenochtitlan Reply to the Franciscans, 1524 (1564)
The Aztec Stone of the Five Eras (late fifteenth century)
Coexistence in the Medieval Spanish Kingdoms (ninth to twelfth centuries)
A Pope Rewards "So Salutary and Laudable a Work" (1455)
"There Can Easily Be Stamped Upon Them Whatever Belief We Wish to Give Them": The First Letter from Brazil (1500)
Orders Given to "the Twelve" (1523)
Francisco de Vitoria "On the Evangelization of Unbelievers," Salamanca, Spain (1534-35)
Pt. II The Americas as New Worlds for All?
The Jesuit and the Bishop, Bahia, Brazil (1552-53)
Fray Pedro de Gante's Letter to Charles V, Mexico City (1552)
The Evils of Cochineal, Tlaxcala Mexico (1553)
The Indian Pueblo of Texupa in Sixteenth-Century Mexico (1579)
Alonso Ortiz's Letter to His Wife, Mexico City (1574?)
Jeronimo de Benarcama's Letter to Francisco de Borja, Granada, Spain (1566)
Jose de Acosta on the Salvation of the Indians (1588)
Pt. III Mid-Colonial Ways and Orders
Making an Image and a Shrine, Copacabana, Peru (1582-1621)
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala's Appeal Concerning the Priests, Peru (ca. 1615)
Pedro de Leon Portocarrero's Description of Lima, Peru (early seventeenth century)
The Church and Monastery of San Francisco, Lima, Peru (1673)
Santa Rosa of Lima According to a Pious Accountant (1617)
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz's Letter to Sor Filotea (1691)
Portraits of Santa Rosa and Sor Juana
Two Slaveries - The Sermons of Padre Antonio Vieira, Salvador, Bahia (ca. 1633), and Sao Luis do Maranhao (1653)
Confessing to the Holy Office of the Inquisition, Bahia, Brazil (1592, 1618)
Francisco de Avila's Christmas Eve Sermon (1646)
The Witness Francisco Poma y Altas Caldeas of San Pedro de Acas, Cajatambo, Peru (1657)
A Black Irmandade in Bahia, Brazil (1699)
Pt. IV Iberian Rules and American Practices in the Eighteenth Century
"As for the Spaniards, their time is up," Jauja, Peru (1742, 1752)
Nicolas Nenguiru's Letter to the Governor of Buenos Aires (1753)
Jose de Galvez's Decrees for the King's Subjects in Mexico (1769, 1778)
The Foundation of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de los Morenos de Amapa, Mexico (1769)
Concolorcorvo Engages the Postal Inspector about Indian Affairs, Lima, Peru (1776)
Taming the Wilderness, Minas Garais, Brazil (1769)
Juan Francisco Dominguez's Discourses on the Ten Commandments, Mexico (1805)
Brazilian Slaves Who Marry (1811)
Two Brazilian Wills (1793, 1823)
Jose Maria Morelos's "Sentiments of the Nation," Chilpancingo, Mexico (1813)
The Argentine Declaration of Independence, San Miguel de Tucuman (1816)
The Brazilian Constitution and the Church (1824)
Notes on Selections and Sources
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