Matthew Restall is Associate Professor of Colonial Latin American History & Women’s Studies and Director of Latin American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. His publications include The Maya World: Yucatec Culture and Society, 1550-1850 (1997) and Maya Conquistador (1998). He is currently writing a book on Blacks in colonial Yucatan and editing a volume on black-native relations in colonial Latin America.
Jane Landers is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Black Society in Spanish Florida (Urbana: 1999), editor of Colonial Plantations and Economy of Florida (Gainesville, 2000) and Against the Odds: Free Blacks in the Slave Societies of the Americas (London, 1996) and co-editor of The African American Heritage of Florida (Gainesville, 1995).
Lolita Gutiérrez Brockington is an Associate Professor of History at North Carolina Central University. She wrote The Leverage of Labor: Managing the Cortés Haciendas in Tehuantepec, 1588-1688. She is currently working on a regional study of the Eastern Andes, sixteenth-eighteenth centuries.
Kris Lane is Assistant Professor of History at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has published on early modern piracy and precious metals mining in Spanish America, and is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Quito 1599: City & Colony in Transition.
Robinson A. Herrera received his doctorate from UCLA and is presently Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American History at the Florida State University. His work focuses on the social, cultural, and economic aspects of the first century of Spanish rule; he has just completed a book manuscript titled A Sixteenth-Century Secular City: Society and Commerce in Santiago de Guatemala.
Ben Vinson III is an Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Barnard College, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 at Columbia University under the supervision of Herbert S. Klein. He is currently working on a book on the free-colored militia in colonial Mexico. [End Page iv]