Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in by Nancy E. van Deusen

By Nancy E. van Deusen

In the 16th century millions of indios—indigenous peoples from the territories of the Spanish empire—were enslaved and relocated through the Iberian international. even if a number of legislation and decrees outlawed indio enslavement, a number of loopholes allowed the perform to proceed. In Global Indios Nancy E. van Deusen files the a couple of hundred proceedings among 1530 and 1585 that indio slaves dwelling in Castile delivered to the Spanish courts to safe their freedom. simply because plaintiffs needed to turn out their indio-ness in a Spanish imperial context, those complaints show the problems of selecting who was once an indio and who was once not—especially because it used to be an all-encompassing build connoting subservience and political personhood and every now and then may possibly check with humans from Mexico, Peru, or South or East Asia. Van Deusen demonstrates that the kinds of free and slave have been usually no longer simply outlined, and he or she forces a rethinking of the that means of indio in ways in which emphasize the necessity to situate colonial Spanish American indigenous matters in an international context.
 

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For some, Seville became a code word for “freedom” as they talked among themselves, and word spread from town to village that the courtroom was a place where they could speak. It is just as important to pay attention to the contradictions, strategies, and meanings of slavery deliberated by slave own­ers and slaves, as Brian Owensby has argued in his work on colonial Mexico. As complainants and defendants relayed their perspectives on bondage, they used geographic and legal knowledge to invent, re-­create, or purposefully recalibrate the histories of forced migration—­sometimes de­cades after the deracination occurred.

For some, Seville became a code word for “freedom” as they talked among themselves, and word spread from town to village that the courtroom was a place where they could speak. It is just as important to pay attention to the contradictions, strategies, and meanings of slavery deliberated by slave own­ers and slaves, as Brian Owensby has argued in his work on colonial Mexico. As complainants and defendants relayed their perspectives on bondage, they used geographic and legal knowledge to invent, re-­create, or purposefully recalibrate the histories of forced migration—­sometimes de­cades after the deracination occurred.

Indigenous litigants speaking in Spanish began by recounting the initial deracination. Deponents then explained their movements from one location to another with different own­ ers or merchants, and ended their testimonials by detailing how they had come to serve their current masters. ”107 In local contexts, complainants, defendants, and witnesses utilized the law to render the past into a palatable present. The testimonials established a spatial and temporal sense of the historical context of bondage, detailing movements away from places of origin after displacement had occurred.

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