New PDF release: Africans in Colonial Mexico 1570–1640

By Herman L. Bennett

ISBN-10: 025310985X

ISBN-13: 9780253109859

ISBN-10: 0253342368

ISBN-13: 9780253342362

Полное название:"Africans in Colonial Mexico : absolutism, Christianity, and Afro-Creole attention, 1570–1640"
В этом исследовании, автор обнаружил много новой информации о жизни рабов и свободных чернокожих в Мексике и как их жизнь была регулированна правительством.

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Such views, though re®ective of an imperial policy that repeatedly encouraged Spaniards to restrict the black and mulatto presence from indigenous towns and peoples, were far from ever being realized. During the earliest contact between members of both commonwealths—the crown-sanctioned república that separated Spaniards from Indians—persons of African descent, as Spanish agents in the countryside, interacted with indigenous peoples. It stands to reason that individuals of African descent facilitated the Hispanicization process among Amerindians.

104 In lieu of sources capable of delineating with any precision sixteenth- and seventeenth-century urban slaveholding patterns, we must rely on other sources related to the slave experience in order to understand urban slavery. Such records, as we shall see, suggest that most urban slaves labored as domestics, artisans, and vendors, occupations that placed them in daily contact with persons similarly de¤ned and with a host of plebeians of various hues. They, of course, interacted with a diverse range of Spaniards.

With the exception of the itinerant pig farmer and the occasional priest, most contact—physical and cultural—took place between Spanish-speaking Africans and Amerindians. Moreover, this interaction between Africans and Amerindians increased after midcentury when recent arrivals from Africa arrived on the rural estates, where they worked alongside indigenous persons. Though the crown restricted the labor demands of the encomenderos on the indigenous population, this did not result in diminished contact between Africans and Amerindians.

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