Quito 1599 City and Colony in Transition

ISBN-10: 082632357X
ISBN-13: 9780826323576
Edition: 2002
Authors: Kris E. Lane
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Description: Quito has always been one of the most enigmatic of colonial Spanish American cities. The history of its enormous hinterland, only a fraction of which forms the modern Republic of Ecuador, is even less known. This engaging book takes the watershed  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 7/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Quito has always been one of the most enigmatic of colonial Spanish American cities. The history of its enormous hinterland, only a fraction of which forms the modern Republic of Ecuador, is even less known. This engaging book takes the watershed year 1599 as a starting point for a provocative reinterpretation of the history of Quito, city and colony. The result is a lively narrative that is also an original inquiry into the driving forces behind sixteenth-century Spanish colonialism. Drawing from a wealth of recent research on the colonial north Andes and on more than seven years of study in the archives of Ecuador, Colombia, and Spain, Lane presents rich discoveries of interest to economic historians, including a previously unknown gold boom; however, his primary interest is people. He explores the ways both individuals and groups -- shipwreck victims, slaves, labourers, merchants, traders -- faced obstacles and seized (or missed) opportunities, showing readers not only the basic facts and major themes of colonial life but also the influence and outcome of individual hopes and fears among people from a multitude of races and ethnicities.

Kris Lane received his B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1991, and his Ph.D in History from the University of Minnesota in 1996. Lane specializes in Colonial Latin American history, focusing mostly on mining in the Andes Mountains of South America. Lane's books include PILLAGING THE EMPIRE: PIRACY IN THE AMERICAS, 1500-1750 (1998) and QUITO, 1599: CITY & COLONY IN TRANSITION (2002). He also edited Bernardo de Vargas MACHUCA'S INDIAN MILITIA AND DESCRIPTION OF THE INDIES (2008) and DEFENSE OF THE WESTERN CONQUESTS (2009). Lane has also published articles on piracy, slavery, gold mining, headhunting, and witchcraft in colonial Ecuador and Colombia. His new book, COLOR OF PARADISE: COLOMBIAN EMERALDS IN THE AGE OF GUNPOWDER EMPIRES, is due out in 2010.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
A Letter from the King
Castaways
A Quito Immigrant's Letter to a Relative in Spain
Captivity and Redemption
Native Lords Write to King Philip II
Tilling the Center
A Miner-Encomendero's Last Letter Home
Mining the Margins
Prosperous Settlers Write Home
Adventures in Trade
An Anonymous Description of Guayaquil
Pirates, Soldiers, Cannibals
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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