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Transatlantic Obligations: Creating the Bonds of Family in Conquest-Era Peru and Spain

Jane E. Mangan


The sixteenth-century changes wrought by expansion of Spanish empire into Peru shaped the ways of being a colonial family in Peru. Even as migration, race mixture, and transculturation took place, family members fulfilled obligations to one another by adapting custom to a changing world. Family began to shift when, from the moment of their arrival in 1532, Spaniards were joined with elite indigenous women in political marriage-like alliances. Almost immediately, a generation of mestizos was born that challenged the hierarchies of colonial society. In response, the Spanish Crown began to promot ... More

Keywords: colonial family, obligation, migration, fathers, mestizos, vida maridable, surrogate, dowry

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199768578
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane E. Mangan, author
Associate Professor of History, Davidson College

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