I analyze the transition indigenous peoples made from their native Andean communities to the Spanish colonial city of Potosí in modern day Bolivia. Although most historic study focuses on the infamous mita system of forced indigenous labor, I study the transition through the indigenous lens to find example of their economic gains as well as the cultural interactions they had with Spaniards. This alternative focus gives Potosí's past a very different characterization, defined less by exploitation and more by cultural syncretism.
Galef-Brown, Isaac, "Resisting Colonialism: Cultural Syncretism, Indigenous Agency and Exploition in Colonial Potosí" (2013). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 3787.
Latin American History
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar
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