Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala (Paperback)
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Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 30/12/2014
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Indigenous allies helped the Spanish gain a foothold in the Americas. What did these Indian conquistadors expect from the partnership, and what were the implications of their involvement in Spain's New World empire? Laura Matthew's study of Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala--the first study to focus on a single allied colony over the entire colonial period--places the Nahua, Zapotec, and Mixtec conquistadors of Guatemala and their descendants within a deeply Mesoamerican historical context. Drawing on archives, ethnography, and colonial Mesoamerican maps, Matthew argues that the conquest cannot be fully understood without considering how these Indian conquistadors first invaded and then, of their own accord and largely by their own rules, settled in Central America.

Shaped by pre-Columbian patterns of empire, alliance, warfare, and migration, the members of this diverse indigenous community became unified as the Mexicanos--descendants of Indian conquistadors in their adopted homeland. Their identity and higher status in Guatemalan society derived from their continued pride in their heritage, says Matthew, but also depended on Spanish colonialism's willingness to honor them. Throughout Memories of Conquest, Matthew charts the power of colonialism to reshape and restrict Mesoamerican society--even for those most favored by colonial policy and despite powerful continuities in Mesoamerican culture.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469621975
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Skillful. . . . Reinforces our understanding of the Spanish practice of forming alliances with native groups for the purpose of conquest.--The Historian


A unique perspective on the history of the conquest of Guatemala, and as such is a welcome addition to the colonial history of Latin America. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.--Choice


An impressive scholarly study.--Journal of Historical Geography


A welcome addition to the classroom and to the field. [Memories of Conquest] significantly advances our understanding of New Conquest history.--The Americas

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