Archaeology of Early Colonial Interaction at El Chorro De Maita Cuba (Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P.Bullen Series) [Hardback]

Roberto Valcarcel Rojas (Author)

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ISBN: 9780813061566 | Published by: University Press of Florida | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 364p, b/w illus




Archaeology of Early Colonial Interaction at El Chorro De Maita Cuba (Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P.Bullen Series)

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During Spanish colonization of the Greater Antilles, the islands' natives were forced into labor under the encomienda system. The indigenous people became ""Indios,"" their language, appearance, and identity transformed by the domination imposed by a foreign model that Christianized and ""civilized"" them. Yet El Chorro de Maita retained many of its indigenous characteristics. In this volume-one of the first in English to examine and document an archaeological site in Cuba-Roberto Valcarcel Rojas analyzes the construction of colonial authority and the various attitudes and responses of natives and other ethnic groups. His pioneering study reveals the process of transculturation in which new individuals emerged-Indians, mestizos, criollos-and helps construct the vital link between the pre-Columbian world and the development of an integrated and new history.

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