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Transatlantic ObligationsCreating the Bonds of Family in Conquest-Era Peru and Spain$
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Jane E. Mangan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768578.001.0001

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Creating the Customs of the Colonial Family

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Transatlantic Obligations

Jane E. Mangan

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   dowries, indigenous marriage, family networks, siblings, blended families, material culture, surrogates

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