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 Portugese 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.
About the Author
Kenneth J. Andrien holds the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in History at Southern Methodist University.
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 Yucatán
Chapter 2: Don Melchior Caruarayco: A Kuraka of Cajamarca in Sixteenth-Century Peru
Susan E. Ramírez
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: Agustina Ruiz: Sexuality and Religiosity in Colonial Mexico
Chapter 8: Zumbi of Palmares: Challenging the Portuguese Colonial Order
Chapter 9: Diego de Ocaña: Holy Wanderer
Chapter 10: Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala: Native Writer and Litigant in Early Colonial Peru
Chapter 11: Ana de Vega: Seventeenth-Century Afro-Mexican Healer
Part III: Reform, Resistance, and Rebellion, 1740–1825
Chapter 12: Pedro de Ayarza: The Purchase of Whiteness
Chapter 13: Victorina Loza: Quiteña Merchant in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century
Christiana Borchart de Moreno
Chapter 14: José Antonio da Silva: Marriage and Concubinage in Colonial Brazil
Muriel S. Nazzari
Chapter 15: Juan Barbarín: The 1795 French Conspiracy in Buenos Aires
Lyman L. Johnson
Chapter 16: Agustín Agualongo and the Royalist Cause in the Wars of Independence
Chapter 17: Angela Batallas: A Fight for Freedom in Guayaquil
What People are Saying About This
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!
Kenneth Andrien proves himself a skillful editor who knows what works in the classroom. This is an excellent supplementary reading.
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.
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.
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.