Between resistance and adaptation: indigenous peoples and by Caroline Williams

By Caroline Williams

A learn of the interactions among Indians and Spaniards within the Chocó all through a lot of the colonial interval, revealing the complexity of inter-ethnic relatives in frontier areas. the writer considers the altering relationships not just among Spaniards and Indians but additionally among factions of either teams, exhibiting how Spaniards and Indians occasionally allied with one another opposed to different ethnically combined teams with various agendas. No comparable examine covers this topic.

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And there is one final obstacle to gauging population size in the Chocó region, namely, that in the last quarter of the sixteenth century, Spanish activities were confined to the southern or ‘Upper’ Chocó. No lasting contact chap 1 10—06—2004  13:39 Page 28     was made until the early seventeenth century with Indian groups inhabiting the northern zone.  This is, of course, only an estimate, but in the absence of other data to verify or refine her analysis, Romoli’s figures must be seen as plausible.

Romoli, ‘El descubrimiento . . de Buenaventura’, pp. –. See also idem, ‘Apuntes sobre los pueblos autóctonos del litoral colombiano del Pacífico en la época de la conquista española’, Revista Colombiana de Antropología, Vol. , , pp. – and –.

And . . bring gold, maize, flour, hens . .  Neither Lesmes de Espinosa nor his informants identified the Indians concerned, except to state that they inhabited territories close to Anserma itself. Later reports suggest, however, that Indians beyond the vicinity of Anserma may chap 1 10—06—2004 13:39 Page 31 ,      also have begun to make peaceful approaches to Spaniards. In the s, Indians from communities identified as Tatama, Poya, Chocoes and Citará or Citarabirá were all reported to have made overtures for the purpose of trade to settlers in the cities of Popayán, Cartago, Anserma and Antioquia.

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