Introduction: towards a typology of migration in colonial Spanish America

D. J. Robinson

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One of the most interesting aspects of preparing an overview of colonial migration is the discovery that almost every study concerned with colonial Latin America published in the past, be it on administrative structures, the Church, landholdings, taxes, population fertility - all have some component or other related to migration. Since everybody moved some distance during their lives, all colonial populations should theoretically be included in our analyses. Yet, of course, such a reality lies beyond our research reach at the present time. Only those who left a trail of evidence, or crossed boundaries important enough to be noted in the documentation of the time, or created serious problems for those charged with maintaining colonial rule, are recoverable. The many millions of migrants thus have to be represented by the few thousands that we can extract from the opaque colonial records. One has only to examine a map of the current distribution of ethnic populations to understand that the colonial movements have been of enduring significance. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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