The Global Spanish Empire
Five Hundred Years of Place Making and Pluralism
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.
“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