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Asian Slaves in Colonial Mexico: From Chinos to Indians

Asian Slaves in Colonial Mexico: From Chinos to Indians

by Tatiana Seijas


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Asian Slaves in Colonial Mexico: From Chinos to Indians

During the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, countless slaves from culturally diverse communities in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia journeyed to Mexico on the ships of the Manila Galleon. Upon arrival in Mexico, they were grouped together and categorized as chinos. Their experience illustrates the interconnectedness of Spain's colonies and the reach of the crown, which brought people together from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe in a historically unprecedented way. In time, chinos in Mexico came to be treated under the law as Indians, becoming indigenous vassals of the Spanish crown after 1672. The implications of this legal change were enormous: as Indians, rather than chinos, they could no longer be held as slaves. Tatiana Seijas tracks chinos' complex journey from the slave market in Manila to the streets of Mexico City, and from bondage to liberty. In doing so, she challenges commonly held assumptions about the uniformity of the slave experience in the Americas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107635777
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2015
Series: Cambridge Latin American Studies Series , #100
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 795,107
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Tatiana Seijas is Associate Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Catarina de San Juan: China slave and popular saint; 2. The diversity and reach of the Manila slave market; 3. The rise and fall of the transpacific slave trade; 4. Chinos in Mexico City: slave labor and liberty; 5. Joining the republic of Indians: free Filipinos and freed chinos; 6. The Church on chino slaves versus Indian chinos; 7. The end of chino slavery; Final conclusion.

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