The Global Spanish Empire
344 pages, 6 x 9
14 b&w illustrations, 15 maps, 5 tables
Release Date:21 Apr 2020
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The Global Spanish Empire

Five Hundred Years of Place Making and Pluralism

The University of Arizona Press
The Spanish Empire was a complex web of places and peoples. Through an expansive range of essays that look at Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, this volume brings a broad range of regions into conversation. The contributors focus on nuanced, comparative exploration of the processes and practices of creating, maintaining, and transforming cultural place making within pluralistic Spanish colonial communities.

The Global Spanish Empire argues that patterned variability is necessary in reconstructing Indigenous cultural persistence in colonial settings. The volume’s eleven case studies include regions often neglected in the archaeology of Spanish colonialism. The time span under investigation is extensive as well, transcending the entirety of the Spanish Empire, from early impacts in West Africa to Texas during the 1800s. The contributors examine the making of a social place within a social or physical landscape. They discuss the appearance of hybrid material culture, the incorporation of foreign goods into local material traditions, the continuation of local traditions, and archaeological evidence of opportunistic social climbing. In some cases, these changes in material culture are ways to maintain aspects of traditional culture rather than signifiers of new cultural practices.

The Global Spanish Empire tackles broad questions about Indigenous cultural persistence, pluralism, and place making using a global comparative perspective grounded in the shared experience of Spanish colonialism.
This volume is unique in taking on a challenge rarely seen—detailed studies of Spanish colonialism on a truly global scale, including the Americas, the Philippines, South Pacific Islands, and West Africa.”—Jeffrey Hantman, author of Across the Continent: Jefferson, Lewis and Clark and the Making of America

“The volume maps the haphazard development of the colonial Spanish Empire, focusing on how Indigenous and enslaved populations carved and crafted their own spaces through persistence and imaginative place-making strategies.”—Mariah Wade, author of Missions, Missionaries and Native Americas: Long-Term Processes and Daily Practices
Christine D. Beaule is an associate professor of Latin American and Iberian studies at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa, where she serves as director of the General Education Office. She researches Spanish colonialism in Latin America and Southeast Asia. She is the editor of Frontiers of Colonialism.

John G. Douglass is a vice president at Statistical Research Inc. and an adjunct professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He studies colonialism in California, the American Southwest, and Mesoamerica. He most recently co-edited Forging Communities in Colonial Alta California.
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