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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.
|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|