This comparative frontier history explores the role that natural environments played in shaping the contours of European-indigenous encounters and processes of colonization
List of Illustrations ix Abbreviations xiii Preface xv Acknowledgments xxi Introduction. Savannas and Deserts: Two Histories of Cultural Landscapes 1 1. Ecological and Cultural Frontiers in Sonora and Chiquitos 19 2. Political Economy: Communities, Missions, and Colonial Markets 55 3. Territory: Community and Conflicting Claims to Property 89 4. Ethnic Mosaics and Gendered Identities 117 5. Power Negotiated, Power Defied: Politial Culture, Governance, and Mobilization 162 6. Priests and Shamans: Spiritual Power, Ritual, and Knowledge 196 7. Postcolonial Landscapes: Transitions from Colony to Republic 240 8. Contested Landscapes in Continental Borderlands 295 Notes 327 Glossary 375 Bibliography 385 Index 423
Cynthia Radding is Professor of History and Director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwestern Mexico, 1700-1850, also published by Duke University Press.
"This is a beautifully written comparative frontier history that balances in-depth historical analysis of two relatively unexplored regions on the edge of the Spanish empire against broader insights into the active role that ecologies played in shaping the contours of European-indigenous encounters and processes of colonization over long periods of time. With this book, Cynthia Radding takes the 'new environmental history' of conquest and colonization to a new level."--Brooke Larson, author of Trials of Nation Making: Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810-1910 "There has been much talk about comparative history but precious little of it in the Spanish colonial period. Cynthia Radding has led the way."-- David J. Weber, Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University "[A] deeply original work of historical scholarship that opens multiple pathways of analysis into indigenous societies, colonialism, and the environment in Latin America... It deserves wide readership among ethnohistorians, environmental historians, and scholars interested in state-of-the-art comparative history."--Christopher R. Boyer, A Contracorriente