Beyond Black and Red: African-native Relations in Colonial Latin America
UNM Press, 2005 - History - 303 pages
Beyond Black and Red is the first book to deal primarily and specifically with relations between Africans and native peoples in colonial Latin America. Matthew Restall has collected nine essays that represent contributions to the larger fields of colonial Latin American history, African diaspora studies, and ethnohistory. Among the subjects addressed are marriage and miscegenation, identity and nomenclature, cultural exchanges, labor, and cooperation in resisting colonialism versus collaboration.
The authors examine core areas such as Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Brazil, and peripheral ones such as Florida, Colombia, and the Orinoco basin. The contributors find that relations between black and native peoples were sometimes harmonious, sometimes hostile, depending on local dynamics and individual agendas. Native and black soldiers fought sometimes as comrades, sometimes as adversaries, and couples in mixed marriages might identify as Indian or as black depending on where the advantage lay in a given society.
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List of Illustrations
Redskin Cigarettes packet from Colombia c 1975
Designs of the uniforms of the regiments of militia
Map of Sonora y Sinaloa
Map of the Mexican near North
Africans and Natives in the Mines of Spanish America
Illustration of gold panning from
Map of Colonial Yucatan and Guatemala
Distributions of the nonnative population
Map of the Caribbean of the Caribs
Chatoyer chief of the Caribs of St Vincent