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The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America is an anthology of life stories of largely ordinary individuals struggling to forge a life during the unstable colonial period in Latin America. These mini-biographies show the tensions that emerged when the political, social, religious, and economic ideals of the Spanish and Portuguese colonial regimes and the Roman Catholic Church conflicted with the realities of daily life in the Americas.
The essays examine subthemes of gender roles; race and ethnicity; conflicts over religious orthodoxy; and crime, violence, and rebellion, while illustrating the overall theme of social order and disorder in a colonial setting. Professor Andrien has carefully selected pieces to comprise a volume that is well balanced in terms of geography, gender, and ethnicity.
Written by established scholars, the essays are designed to be readable and interesting to students. Ideal for courses on Colonial Latin American history and the Latin American history survey, The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America will interest as well as inform students.
Contributions by: Rolena Adorno, Kenneth J. Andrien, Peter Blanchard, Christiana Borchart de Moreno, Noble David Cook, Lyman L. Johnson, Grant D. Jones, Mary Karasch, Alida C. Metcalf, Kenneth Mills, Muriel S. Nazzari, Ana María Presta, Susan E. Ramirez, Matthew Restall, Ward Stavig, Camilla Townsend, Ann Twinam, and Nancy E. van Deusen.
Kenneth J. Andrien
Part I: New World Beginnings and Efforts to Create a Colonial Social Order, 1492–1610
Chapter 1: Gaspar Antonio Chi: Bridging the Conquest of the Yucatán
Chapter 2: Don Melchior Caruarayco: A Kuraka of Cajamarca in Sixteenth-Century Peru
Susan E. Ramirez
Chapter 3: Doña Isabel Sisa: A Sixteenth-Century Indian Woman Resisting Gender Inequalities
Ana María Presta
Chapter 4: Domingos Fernandes Nobre: "Tomacauna," a Go-Between in Sixteenth-Century Brazil
Alida C. Metcalf
Chapter 5: The Mysterious Catalina: Indian or Spaniard?
Noble David Cook
Part II: The Mature Colonial Order, 1610–1740
Chapter 6: Ursula de Jesús: A Seventeenth-Century Afro-Peruvian Mystic
Nancy E. van Deusen
Chapter 7: Zumbi of Palmares: Challenging the Portuguese Colonial Order
Chapter 8: Diego de Ocaña: Holy Wanderer
Chapter 9: Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala: Native Writer and Litigant in Early Colonial Peru
Chapter 10: AhChan: The Conquest of the Itza Maya Kingdom
Grant D. Jones
Part III: Reform, Resistance, and Rebellion, 1740–1825
Chapter 11: Pedro de Ayarza: The Purchase of Whiteness
Chapter 12: Victorina Loza: Quiteña Merchant in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century
Christiana Borchart de Moreno
Chapter 13: José Antonio da Silva: Marriage and Concubinage in Colonial Brazil
Muriel S. Nazzari
Chapter 14: Eugenio Sinanyuca: Militant, Nonrevolutionary Kuraka, and Community Defender
Chapter 15: Juan Barbarín: The 1795 French Conspiracy in Buenos Aires
Lyman L. Johnson
Chapter 16: Miguel García: Black Soldier in the Wars of Independence
Chapter 17: Angela Batallas: A Fight for Freedom in Guayaquil