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by Raúl Hernández Asensio
During the 16th and 17th centuries the Audiencia de Quito was a frontier territory. In its northern portion the authority of colonial officials was limited to the highland valleys, extending beyond these Andean strongholds on only a few occasions. Just a couple of days away from Quito were groups of hostile "war Indians" (as colonial documents called them). The Spanish had been unable to consolidate settlements in the eastern and western lowlands. Previous work has dealt with native populations and their transformations under Hispanic-Creole pressure. The study of the frontier itself, however, has not received much attention until this volume. The analysis presented here is of the Esmeraldas frontier, an area of humid tropical forest, with landscapes similar to those of Amazonia. An important element in this work is the analysis of colonial discourses about tropical frontiers, how they are perceived, and how this perception was modified through time. In Spanish.
Published by Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (Lima) and Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos (Lima), 2004. 214 pp. ISBN: 9972-51-107-3.
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