Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Illustrations

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pp. vii-ix

Tables and Maps

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p. xi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

My work on this book would not have been possible without the generous support of three organizations: the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which awarded me a Latin American–Caribbean area research grant in 2006; Mexico’s Consejo Nacional...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

The pueblo of San Miguel Ecatepec, Tequiscistlán, located in the Oaxacan district of Tehuantepec, presented a “faithful copy” of a colonial codex to the agrarian authorities. The copy, done in black and white on paper and certified by the municipality’s agent, was produced...

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1: Historical Background: Indian Access to Colonial Justice in the Sixteenth Century

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pp. 11-78

A few years after the conquest of Mexico, a Spanish judge, Don Alonso de Zuazo, heard and pronounced judgment in a dispute concerning matters of land that arose among members of the native nobility. The conflict was apparently serious enough that it not only dragged...

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2: Indigenous Negotiation to Preserve Land, History, Titles, and Maps: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

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pp. 79-149

Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the colonial justice system witnessed the Europeanization of such basic institutions of Mesoamerican indigenous society as the family, marriage, and access to property. This transformation took place with greatest...

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3: Indigenous Negotiation to Preserve Land, History, Titles, and Maps: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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pp. 151-209

As the eighteenth century drew to a close, New Spain’s Indian communities faced continuing challenges and threats. A new set of issues made their relationship with the colonial authority even more complex. Two factors in particular—an increase in the native population...

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4: Defending Land: Indian Pueblos’ Contemporary Quest for the Origins of Local Community History

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pp. 211-282

As we have seen repeatedly, the primacy of land for the Indian pueblos and its interweaving with ancient documents, primordial titles, and local history form part of a complex process of negotiation the pueblos undertook in the face of state power as a way of defending...

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Conclusion

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pp. 283-291

In this work I have attempted to demonstrate the singular importance a particular range of historical documents holds for many Indian pueblos in Mexico and also to show how pueblos have used these same documents—produced by the Indians themselves...

Maps

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pp. 293-301

List of Libraries and Archives Consulted

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p. 303

List of Significant Towns Mentioned in the Book

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pp. 305-308

Bibliography

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pp. 309-323

Index

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pp. 325-338