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
When historian James Lockhart published “Encomienda and Hacienda” in 1969, the modern historiography on the topic was already more than forty-years-old. Yet even after decades, historians were only beginning to understand these New World estates in terms of their origins and functions as colonial institutions.… Read More Between Two Worlds: Andean Haciendas in Colonial History
In 1503, the Spanish monarchy issued its first decree for the resettlement of indigenous groups in the Caribbean so that they would “live together” and “not remain or wander separated from each other in the backcountry.”… Read More Moving to the Suburbs: Reducciones in Recent Latin American Historiography
The historiography of the Honduras general strike of 1954 shows that the extent of communist influence and external Guatemalan involvement are still subjects of significant historical debate. Kevin Coleman’s A Camera in the Garden of Eden, which focuses on the self-forging of Honduran banana workers and their marginalized communities, is the latest addition to this… Read More Communist Conspiracies and Imperial Plots in the Honduran General Strike
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My current project, “Before There Were Roses: Guachalá and the Experimental Environment of the Ecuadorian Andes,” explores relationships between environmental change and evolving systems of free and forced labor at one of the oldest plantation complexes in the Americas.
Bray, Tamara L. “Archaeological Survey in Northern Highland Ecuador: Inca Imperialism and the País Caranqui.” World Archaeology 24, no. 2 (October 1992): 218–33. Tamara Bray’s “Archaeological Survey in Northern Highland Ecuador: Inca Imperialism and the País Caranqui” documents the presence of local and Incan influences in the Guayllabamba basin, an area that represented the Incas’… Read More Archaeological Survey in Northern Highland Ecuador: Inca Imperialism and the País Caranqui: Bray
Martín de Murúa was a Basque Mercedarian friar who wrote the Historia General del Piru (c.1580-1616), an illustrated history of what are today the South American nations of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Murúa arrived in Peru in the early 1580s and traveled extensively as a missionary and translator of Quechua and Spanish in the… Read More Plotting Pachakuti: Incan Conquest Sites in the Galvin Murúa
“Volcán de Pacaya y Terrenos Adyacentes: ‘Golpe de Vista Que Ha Pintado Un Curioso y Demuestra El Bolcán Desde El Paraxe No 1 En Que Se Puso a Reconocerlo.’” Guatemala, July 26, 1775. MP-GUATEMALA, 315. Archivo General de Indias.
Perspectiva del Bolcan de Tunguragua en la Provincia de Quito y de su Erupción el Día 23 de Abril de 1773: Map
AGI. “Perspectiva del Bolcan de Tunguragua en la Provincia de Quito y de Su Erupción el Día 23 de Abril de 1773.” Quito, August 16, 1773. MP-PANAMA,180. Archivo General de Indias.
This project in 2015 sent me into Ecuador’s Central Bank archives, where I researched 180 years of Ecuadorian debt deals ahead of the country’s first-ever repayment of a sovereign bond since its independence in the early nineteenth century.
I traveled to Colombia’s southern border with Ecuador in 2015 to interview black-market money changers, merchants, and consumers about the triangle trade of dollars, pesos, and bolívares between Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela amid a global oil crisis. Written with reporters Andrea Jaramillo and Andrew Rosati.
Our team was the first to break news in 2012 that Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, had sought asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London. I helped lead global news coverage of the standoff for Bloomberg News in the following years.
For this project, published by Bloomberg Markets Magazine in 2011, I worked with reporters Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska and David Glovin to help expose an international organ-trafficking ring. The story was awareded Best in Business, International Investigative Award, and Explanatory Award by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2011. It also won the Investigative/Reporting Award from the Society of the Silurians.
I was the bureau chief in Ecuador for Bloomberg News on Sept. 30, 2010, when a police mutiny briefly trapped President Rafael Correa in a hospital, leading to a nighttime military assault to free him. The events left eight dead and almost 300 wounded and would become a rallying cry for the president and his supporters over the next decade.
I led coverage of the 2009 Honduran coup d’état against President Manuel Zelaya for Bloomberg News, an intense period of conflicts and negotiation as the local and international community grappled with regional tensions surrounding Zelaya’s push to more closely ally the Central American nation with the Bolivarian movement led by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
For my first feature article for Bloomberg News in 2008, I joined the hunt for Aribert Heim, a Nazi SS officer accused of performing experiments on inmates at the Mauthausen concentration camp. A man thought to be Heim had been sighted in southern Chile near where his daughter lived at the time. I interviewed Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel, residents of the Chilean town of Puerto Montt, and the Chilean police as they tried to crack this unsolved mystery. In 2012, a German court found Heim died in Egypt in 1992 under an assumed name.
Unasur: IntegraciónRegional de América del Sur en el Siglo XXI
My master’s thesis at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile explored the history of political and economic integration in South America and the challenges facing the new and short-lived Union of South American Nations in the early 21st Century. The research took me to Chile, Peru, and Ecuador in 2006-2007, where I interviewed Ecuadorian President Rodrigo Borja, the first head of the institution, as well as ministers of state, local officials, and scholars involved in the design of the new union.