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Spaniards in the Colonial Empire: Creoles vs. Peninsulars?



Spaniards in the Colonial Empire: Creoles vs. Peninsulars?

Mark A. Burkholder

ISBN: 978-1-405-19642-0 December 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 216 Pages


Spaniards in the Colonial Empire traces the privileges, prejudices, and conflicts between American-born and European-born Spaniards, within the Spanish colonies in the Americas from the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries. 

• Covers three centuries of Spanish colonial power, beginning in the sixteenth century
• Explores social tension between creole and peninsular factions, connecting this friction with later colonial bids for independence
• Draws on recent research by Spanish and Spanish-American historians as well as Anglophone scholars
• Includes some coverage of Brazil and British colonies

List of Illustrations viii

Series Editor’s Preface ix

Preface xi

Maps xvi

1 Spain and Its Early Empire in America 1

2 Native Sons and Daughters in the Church 28

3 Native Sons in Office 59

4 The Heyday of Native Sons and Daughters, circa 1630–1750 84

5 Reforms, Commentaries, and Officials, 1750–1808 110

6 The Church, Complaints, and Social Change, 1750–1808 129

7 From Abdications to Independence 149

Glossary 172

Notes 178

Suggestions for Further Reading 184

Index 193

“This process, too, is explained with admirable clarity in this authoritative, sophisticated overview of a key issue in Latin American history.”  (Journal of Latin American Studies, 1 October 2013)

“Summing Up:  Recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 September 2013)