The Women of Colonial Latin America

We often don’t hear much about our female ancestors and most often find more information on our male ancestors. In an effort to find more information of how they may have had been or what they may have had experienced I came across the book of Susan Migden Socolow “The Women of Colonial Latin America”. It does not specifically focus on Mexico but instead focuses on the Spanish Colonial society its view towards women, it’s laws, and expectations among many other things.

I think this book is very interesting and I know you will find it so your self. It provides an insight into the role of women in the new and old worlds. Towards the bottom of this post you will find the table of contents and you can get a glimpse of the topics covered in this book.

Cover of Book: The Woman of Colonial America

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Table of Contents:

Introduction: Why Women?

1 Iberian Women in the Old World and the New

2 Before Columbus: Women in Indegenous America and Africa

3 Conquest and COlonization

4 The Arrival of Iberian Women

5 Women, Marriage, and Family

6 Elite Women

7 The Brides of Christ and Other Religious Women

8 Women and Work

9 Women and Slavery

10 Women and Social Deviance: Crime, Witchcraft, and Rebellion

11 Women nad Enlightenment Reform

Conclusion

Description of Book By Amazon:

This book presents an overview of the varied experiences of women in colonial Spanish and Portuguese America. Beginning with the cultures that would produce the Latin American world, the book traces the effects of conquest, colonization, and settlement on colonial women. The book also examines the expectations, responsibilities, and limitations facing women in their varied roles, stressing the ways in which race, social status, occupation, and space altered women’s social and economic realities.

Let me know your opinion of this book in the comment section of this blog post.

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About Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog Mexican Genealogy, and my personal blog We Are Cousins. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on facebook. Please feel free to contact me for anything.

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