Bound Lives chronicles the lived experience of race relations in northern coastal Peru during the colonial era. Rachel Sarah O'Toole examines how Andeans and Africans negotiated and employed casta, and in doing so, constructed these racial categories. This study highlights the tenuous interactions of colonial authorities, indigenous communities, and enslaved populations and shows how the interplay between colonial law and daily practice shaped the nature of colonialism and slavery.
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pt. 1. Complicating identity in the African diaspora to Spanish America. Shape of a diaspora : the movement of Afro-Iberians to Colonial Spanish America / Leo Garofalo
African diasporic ethnicity in Mexico City to 1650 / Frank "Trey" Proctor
To be free and Lucumí : Ana de la Calle and making African diaspora identities in colonial Peru / Rachel Sarah O'Toole
pt. 2. Royal subjects, loyal Christians, and saints in the alley. Between the cross and the sword : religious conquest and maroon legitimacy in Colonial Esmeraldas / Charles Beatty-Medina
Afro-Mexican saintly devotion in a Mexico City alley / Joan C. Bristol
"Lord walks among the pots and pans" : religious servants of colonial Lima / Nancy E. van Deusen
pt. 3. Comparisons and whitening revisited : race and gender in colonial Cuba. Whitening revisited : nineteenth-century Cuban counterpoints / Karen Y. Morrison
Tensions of race, gender, and midwifery in colonial Cuba / Michele Reid-Vazquez
African American experience in comparative perspective : the current question of the debate / Herbert S. Klein.
Africans to Spanish America expands the diaspora framework to include Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Cuba, exploring the connections and disjunctures between colonial Latin America and the African diaspora in the Spanish empires. Analysis of the regions of Mexico and the Andes opens up new questions of community formation that incorporated Spanish legal strategies in secular and ecclesiastical institutions as well as articulations of multiple African identities. The volume is arranged around three sub-themes: identity construction in the Americas; the struggle by enslaved and free people to present themselves as civilized, Christian, and resistant to slavery; and issues of cultural exclusion and inclusion. Contributors are Joan Cameron Bristol, Nancy E. van Deusen, Leo Garafalo, Herbert S. Klein, Charles Beatty Medina, Karen Y. Morrison, Rachel Sarah O'Toole, Frank "Trey" Proctor, and Michele B. Reid. (source: Nielsen Book Data)