Creating the Customs of the Colonial Family
Chapter 5 begins with a discussion of indigenous family practices in Lima and Arequipa, such as indigenous marriage and dowries. It goes on to argue that many urban families in the sixteenth century were blended families. Indigenous women and men had children before marriage, sometimes with Spaniards, and thus even indigenous couples might have significant links to Spanish men. Indigenous women received dowries from Spanish men who had been their bosses or partners. Moreover, economic and legal hooks connected these parents, surrogates, children, siblings, and spouses in intricate family networks. Cities also hosted marriages between couples of different background, and the resulting households were as likely to be filled with indigenous material culture as with Spanish.
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