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Ida Altman
University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA 70148-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 5/31/2005

Colonization and Conflict in Early Spanish America

This comparative study focuses on three revolts that occurred in the early period of Spanish colonization of the Americas: Enrique's revolt on the island of Hispaniola (1520-33), the Cakchiquel revolt in Guatemala (1524), and the Mixtón War in western New Spain (Mexico; 1541). Although differing considerably from one another in their timing, duration, magnitude, and long-term consequences, these revolts had in common their roots not only in the events of the conquest period but also in extensive Spanish enslavement of native people and the imposition of the encomienda, which gave certain Spaniards rights to Indian labor, tribute, or both. Study of these groups of the trade in slaves and imposition of encomiendas; the experience of Spaniards' Indian allies; connections and comparisons among early Spanish American societies; the implications of rapid mixing among Spaniards, Indians, and Africans; and the historical interpretation of early revolts.