Between Resistance and Adaptation

BookBetween Resistance and Adaptation

Between Resistance and Adaptation

Indigenous Peoples and the Colonisation of the Chocó, 1510-1753

Liverpool Latin American Studies


July 1st, 2004



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A study of the interactions between Indians and Spaniards in the Chocó throughout much of the colonial period, revealing the complexity of inter-ethnic relations in frontier regions. The author considers the changing relationships not only between Spaniards and Indians but also between factions of both groups, showing how Spaniards and Indians sometimes allied with each other against other ethnically mixed groups with different agendas. No similar study covers this topic.

Such colonial records are often heavily biased towards the colonisers' point of view, but those relating to the long-drawn-out subjection of the Cithara "have proved remarkably rich in the kind of detail that enables us to gain important insights into the perfectives, motivations and interests of this indomitable indigenous group, and of the changes and continuities experienced by their peoples over a long period of contact, peaceful and otherwise".

The British Bulletin, Issue 113

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Discovery, Exploration and First Experiments in Colonisation20
2: The Adelantado Juan Velez de Guevara and the Colonisation of the Chocó, 1638-164353
3: New Experiments in Colonisation, 1666-167382
4: Conversion and Control: The Franciscans in the Chocó, 1673-1677104
5: Protest and Rebellion, 1680-1684137
6: Government and Society on the Frontier162
7: Resistance and Adaptation under Spanish Rule: The Peoples of Citará, 1700-1750202
8: Conclusion230
Appendix: The Chocó: Towns and Mining Camps (c.1753)237