Migration in colonial Spanish America

D. J. Robinson

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This collection of innovative essays provides theoretical, methodological and substantive empirical analyses of a long-neglected topic in Latin American research. Covering places as varied as Bolivia and Costa Rica, and ranging in time from the sixteenth through the mid-nineteenth century, the studies will attract the attention of all Latin American specialists. They provide conclusive evidence of the ubiquity of migration in the early modern period, challenging views of immobile peasants held in the grip of static colonialism. They show that to migrate was one of the most important means of coping with Spanish colonialism. The essays are written from a multi-disciplinary perspective and thus provide data and interpretations that are novel and represent important new contributions to colonial Latin American studies. They address the basic questions of who migrated, why did they migrate, how can one interpret migration fields, what role did economic opportunity or ecological conditions play, and not least, what was the impact of migrants on non-migrant communities in both rural and urban areas. The picture emerges of colonial Spanish America in continual flux: spatial mobility was no less pronounced than social/racial change. Individual chapters are abstracted separately. -from Editor

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMigration in colonial Spanish America
PublisherCambridge University Press; Studies in Historical Geography, 16
ISBN (Print)0521362814, 9780521362818
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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