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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.

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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 is professor of history at Ohio State University, Columbus.
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Table of Contents

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
Matthew Restall
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
Mary Karasch
Chapter 8: Diego de Ocaña: Holy Wanderer
Kenneth Mills
Chapter 9: Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala: Native Writer and Litigant in Early Colonial Peru
Rolena Adorno
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
Ann Twinam
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
Ward Stavig
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
Peter Blanchard
Chapter 17: Angela Batallas: A Fight for Freedom in Guayaquil
Camilla Townsend
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