Long before the Spanish conquest, an invading army of soldiers fighting for the Inca state conquered what is today northern Ecuador, wiping out much of the local population and forcibly resettling many survivors as agricultural colonists, known as mitimaes, to work the coca fields and crops of the Incan elite across the Andes.… Read More Cayambe Mitma Sites After Incan Conquest: Map
Geographic landmarks and cultural sites around Guachalá, including Pambamarca complex and territory southeast of the Río Pisque. … Read More Geographic landmarks and cultural sites at Guachalá: Map
Indigenous elites stood at the intersection of political subjugation and cultural survival in Spanish and Portuguese America. Over more than three centuries they acted as intermediaries between their communities and outsiders, as defenders before the law, and even as collaborators with local… Read More Survival and Subjugation in Colonial Latin America
Like many global hot spots of the twentieth century, the Andes is marked by its history of structural inequality, racial conflict, and legacies of poverty and violence. Tensions between urban and rural areas as well as between descendants of European and Andean ancestry still exist and remain a source… Read More Peasant Power in Andean History
A review of scholarship on Latin America.
Paola Canova explores the impacts of development in Paraguay’s Chaco region through the lens of curajodie, a practice among Ayoreo people in which single women exchange sex for money or goods with non-Ayoreo… Read More Frontier Intimacies: Ayoreo Women and the Sexual Economy of the Paraguayan Chaco: Canova
The edited volume looks at the rise of the modern indigenous political movements in the Andean nations of Ecuador and Bolivia.… Read More Indigenous Revolution in Ecuador and Bolivia: Paige
Fine-Dare, Kathleen S. Urban Mountain Beings: History, Indigeneity, and Geographies of Time in Quito, Ecuador. Culture, Humanity, and Urban Life. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2020.
A review of scholarship on the environment.
Ecuador virus cases plunged 37% in August, the most in South America after Brazil (40%), according to the WHO. In comparison, neighbors Colombia and Peru saw cases jump by 8% and 67%, respectively, in the same time period.… Read More Flattening the Curve: Ecuador and Brazil Pull Ahead in August
Ecuador won approval to restructure about a third of its international bonds this week, alleviating part of the fiscal hangover from the Correa administration’s ruinous decade in power.… Read More Ecuador Credit Talks Silent on Debts to History
Max Fisher, an international reporter and columnist for The New York Times, kicked off a debate last month about the “Latin Americanization” of the U.S. being the “defining trend of our time, arguably even more than right-wing populism.”… Read More Spotting Trends: ‘Bad Hombres’ in the News