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Daily Life in Colonial Latin America (Daily Life Through History)by Ann Jefferson
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Drawing on a wealth of primary documents and recent research, Daily Life in Colonial Latin America gives readers a genuine sense of everyday living in Central and South America, from the age of the great explorers in the 16th century to the beginning of the era of independence three centuries later.
Daily Life in Colonial Latin America considers the full range of people caught up in the sweep of history during this pivotal time—Indians, Spanish and Portuguese settlers, Africans brought to the region as slaves, Whites and Mestizos, women and children. By focusing on the lives of those often overshadowed by history, the book offers a new way of understanding how peoples from the Iberian peninsula, sub-Saharan Africa, and the western hemisphere interacted to produce a uniquely Latin American culture.
Book News Annotation:
This reference details daily life for people of all stations and ethnicities in the Central and South American colonies from the late 16th century to the beginning of the 19th century, emphasizing regional distinctions within Latin America, especially between the Spanish realms and Portuguese-dominated Brazil. An introduction looks at race and family as keys to the Colonial period. Subsequent chapters are devoted to aspects of life such as marriage and family, love and sex, childhood and education, work and labor, religion and popular culture, and government and rebellion. A conclusion briefly sketches the achievement of independence in most of Latin American in the 19th century. A glossary, an annotated bibliography, and a timeline are included, along with b&w historical illustrations and photos. Jefferson teaches history at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Lokken teaches history at Bryant University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book offers an examination of everyday life in the Iberian colonies of Central and South America—the indigenous peoples, their Spanish and Portuguese colonizers, and the Africans brought over as slaves.
• Provides firsthand accounts of what it was like to live in Central and South America during the colonial period
• Looks at the ways daily life shaped, and was shaped by, large-scale historical movements and key events of this era
• Offers extensive coverage of Africans and their descendents in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies, showing how their cultural influence was equal to that of the indigenous population and the Iberian peoples in the region
• Chronology of key developments in Latin American history, from the European arrival in 1492 to the independence period in the early 19th century
• A glossary of roughly 50 terms, mostly Spanish or Portuguese, that are key to understanding daily life in the colonial era
Columbus's arrival in the New World set in motion an era of Spanish and Portuguese colonization that would establish the defining conflicts in Central and South America that still reverberate todayconflicts involving military and religious conquest, culture clashes, economic exploitation, and slavery. But beyond the grand themes and major historic events, what was life in Colonial Latin America actually like for the ordinary men, women, and children living through this extraordinary time?
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