The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America / Edition 1

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The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America is an anthology of stories of largely ordinary individuals struggling to forge a life during the unstable colonial period in Latin America. These mini-biographies vividly 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 living in the Americas.

Now fully updated with new and revised essays, the book is carefully balanced among countries and ethnicities. Within an overall theme of social order and disorder in a colonial setting, the stories bring to life issues of gender; race and ethnicity; conflicts over religious orthodoxy; and crime, violence, and rebellion. Written by leading scholars, the essays are specifically designed to be readable and interesting. Ideal for the Latin American history survey and for courses on colonial Latin American history, this fresh and human text will engage as well as inform students.

Contributions by: Rolena Adorno, Kenneth J. Andrien, Christiana Borchart de Moreno, Joan Bristol, Noble David Cook, Marcela Echeverri, Lyman L. Johnson, Mary Karasch, Alida C. Metcalf, Kenneth Mills, Muriel S. Nazzari, Ana María Presta, Susan E. Ramírez, Matthew Restall, Zeb Tortorici, Camilla Townsend, Ann Twinam, and Nancy E. van Deusen.

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Editorial Reviews

William Taylor
Kenneth Andrien proves himself a skillful editor who knows what works in the classroom. This is an excellent supplementary reading.
Jeremy Baskes
This wonderful book brings to life the complex history of colonial Latin America in ways that traditional textbooks cannot. Students will better identify with everyday life in the colonies through the rich accounts of the experiences of both the ordinary and extraordinary individuals presented in this work. It will undoubtedly enhance lectures and spark lively discussions. A welcome addition!
Kendall W. Brown
Aimed at student readers, these biographical vignettes bring colonial Latin American history to life. Each makes a superb starting point for analyzing and discussing how colonialism affected the lives of real people.
Peter Guardino
The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America is full of fascinating stories. It is a celebration of historians' ability to research the lives of the common folk whose portraits never reach the walls of museums. These vivid narratives about real people make the great themes of colonial Latin American history more immediate and accessible to students.
Susan M. Socolow
This is a wonderful book, rich with the personal histories of everyday colonial people masterfully set within the context of time and place. These engrossing portraits invite the reader to examine how men and women—indigenous people, Europeans and those of African descent, slave and free, merchants, officers, soldiers, writers, chieftains (kurakas) and mystics—challenged their assigned roles within the colonial social hierarchy.
The Latin Americanist
The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America . . . will enrich the understanding of Latin American culture of a student at just about any level.
Colonial Latin American Historical Review
Recommended for classroom use. This textbook gets away from the dominant presentation of topics and, instead, focuses on biographical profiles of people and their times.
Susan M. Socolow
This is a wonderful book, rich with the personal histories of everyday colonial people masterfully set within the context of time and place. These engrossing portraits invite the reader to examine how men and women-indigenous people, Europeans and those of African descent, slave and free, merchants, officers, soldiers, writers, chieftains (kurakas), and mystics-challenged their assigned roles within the colonial social hierarchy.
Dobbs Professor of Latin American History, Emory University
To help students learn how major historical events influenced the daily life experiences of common people, scholar contributors profile lives of real people in colonial Spanish and Portuguese America, concentrating on how they adjusted to the large, impersonal historical forces that shaped their lives. Editor Andrien is professor of history at The Ohio State University, Columbus; he supplies introductions to each of three time periods under consideration (beginnings<-->1492-1610; mature colonial order<-->1610-1740; and reform, resistance, rebellion<-->1740-1825). The contributors' affiliations are not identified. Each of the 17 profiles includes notes and suggested reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842028882
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Human Tradition around the World Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth J. Andrien holds the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in History at Southern Methodist University.

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Table of Contents

I New World Beginnings and Efforts to Create a Colonial Social Order, 1492-1610 1
1 Gaspar Antonio Chi: Bridging the Conquest of Yucatan 6
2 Don Melchior Caruarayco: A Kuraka of Cajamarca in Sixteenth-Century Peru 22
3 Dona Isabel Sisa: A Sixteenth-Century Indian Woman Resisting Gender Inequalities 35
4 Domingos Fernandes Nobre: "Tomacauna," a Go-Between in Sixteenth-Century Brazil 51
5 The Mysterious Catalina: Indian or Spaniard? 64
II The Mature Colonial Order, 1610-1740 85
6 Ursula de Jesus: A Seventeenth-Century Afro-Peruvian Mystic 88
7 Zumbi of Palmares: Challenging the Portuguese Colonial Order 104
8 Diego de Ocana: Holy Wanderer 121
9 Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala: Native Writer and Litigant in Early Colonial Peru 140
10 AhChan: The Conquest of the Itza Maya Kingdom 164
III Reform, Resistance, and Rebellion, 1740-1825 189
11 Pedro de Ayarza: The Purchase of Whiteness 194
12 Victorina Loza: Quitena Merchant in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century 211
13 Jose Antonio da Silva: Marriage and Concubinage in Colonial Brazil 229
14 Eugenio Sinanyuca: Militant, Nonrevolutionary Kuraka, and Community Defender 241
15 Juan Barbarin: The 1795 French Conspiracy in Buenos Aires 259
16 Miguel Garcia: Black Soldier in the Wars of Independence 278
17 Angela Batallas: A Fight for Freedom in Guayaquil 293
Index 309
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