Contested Mestizos, Alleged Mulattos: Racial Identity and Caste Hierarchy in Eighteenth Century Pátzcuaro, Mexico*

@article{Althouse2005ContestedMA,
  title={Contested Mestizos, Alleged Mulattos: Racial Identity and Caste Hierarchy in Eighteenth Century P{\'a}tzcuaro, Mexico*},
  author={Aaron Peter Althouse},
  journal={The Americas},
  year={2005},
  volume={62},
  pages={151 - 175}
}
Late one December afternoon in 1731, Antonio Méndes and his friend Joseph Miguel de Alcaras made their way through the west central Mexican city of Pátzcuaro toward the plaza mayor. Their course took them past the house of the Spaniard don Vacilio Botello Mobellán. There, don Vacilio called out to Antonio and Joseph, inquiring after a harness and several other items he said Alcaras had borrowed from him and not yet returned. According to Don Vacilio, he presented his request jovially, but… 
Writing by Caste, Counting the Past: Alphabetic Literacy and Age Consciousness in the Colonial Pátzcuaro Region, 1680-1750*
In June of 1739, what might have proven to be a festive early-summer afternoon celebrating the fiesta of Corpus Christi in Pátzcuaro (Mexico), instantaneously veered toward deadly combat when a fight
Taxing Blackness: Tribute and Free-colored Community in Colonial Mexico
Royal tribute from free people of African descent, though an insignificant source of revenue for the Spanish Crown, defined community, family, and reputation (calidad) for the purposes of the
As Historical Subjects: The African Diaspora in Colonial Latin American History
This article celebrates and explores the current historiography on colonial Afro-Latin Americans in the Spanish Americas to illuminate how scholars can continue to develop their methodological
"It Depends on Where You Go!" The Transnational Racial Consciousness of Dominican Immigrants
“IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU GO!” THE TRANSNATIONAL RACIAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF DOMINICAN IMMIGRANTS
From Multiracial to Monoracial: The Formation of Mexican American Identities in the U.S. Southwest
The racialization of Mexican Americans in northern Mexico, that is, the U.S. Southwest, following the Anglo-Americanization during the second half of the nineteenth century, is an excellent case
Without Impediment: Crossing Racial Boundaries in Colonial Mexico
On April 18, 1773, in the town of Teziutlán in the eastern mountains of Mexico, Captain don Raphael Padres participated in the baptism of his godson in the local church. He stood watching as Father
The Enlightened Colony

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 23 REFERENCES
Social Climbers in a Colonial Mexican City: Individual Mobility within the Sistema de Castas in Orizaba, 1777-1791
Individuals in colonial Latin American society often deŽ ned themselves according to “race”, according to their degrees of African, European, or Indian ancestry. By the middle of the eighteenth
Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru
In Colonial Habits Kathryn Burns transforms our view of nuns as marginal recluses, making them central actors on the colonial stage. Beginning with the 1558 founding of South America’s first convent,
Race, Caste, and Status: Indians in Colonial Spanish America
How and with what effect were notions of race and status applied to indigenous peoples in colonial Spanish America? To answer that question, Jackson compares the legal and social distinctions created
The Caciques of Tecali: Class and Ethnic Identity in Late Colonial Mexico
An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory in Tempe, Arizona, November 10-13, 1994. Research was funded by a grant from the National
Measuring Marriage by Estate and Class: A Debate
The debate over estate and class continues to be one of the more enduring in colonial Latin American history. At its core lies an argument, much older than the terms estate and class, about the
Race and Class in Colonial Latin America: A Critique
The relationship of society to economy and the interplay of economic realities and social ideology remain central concerns in Latin American history. It is for this reason that the recent article by
The Limits of Racial Domination: Plebeian Society in Colonial Mexico City, 1660-1720
  • R. Cope
  • History, Political Science
  • 1994
Challenges the traditional view of castas (members of the caste system created by Spanish overlords) as alienated and dominated by a desire to improve their status. This text argues that instead,
Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity, and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570-1640
Acknowledgments 1. Soiled Gods and the Formation of a Slave Society 2. "The Grand Remedy": Africans and Christian Conjugality 3. Policing Christians: The Inquisition and Ecclesiastical Courts 4.
Estate and Class in a Colonial City: Oaxaca in 1792
Colonial Latin American societies have generally been presented as systems of estates following forms that were firmly entrenched in Europe before the Spanish conquest in America, an estate being “a
The Cambridge History of Latin America
List of maps List of figures General preface Preface to Volumes IV and V Part I. Mexico: 1. Mexico: restored republic and Porfiriato, 1867-1910 Friedrich Katz 2. The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920
...
...