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Rachel Corr
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL 33431-6424)
Transformations in Race Relations and the Creation of Ethnic Identity in 18th-Century Ecuador

I seek to uncover changes in eighteenth century race relations and ethnic identities in the Audiencia de Quito (Ecuador), specifically among peoples in the town of Pelileo. Although the population of modern Pelileo is predominantly white-mestizo with one distinct, indigenous ethnic enclave, colonial Pelileo was a multiethnic, multiracial town. I aim not only to rectify assumptions about historical isolationism between "racial" groups, but also to understand people's varied responses to historical pressures through the creation of new identities. The research contributes to two growing bodies of scholarship in Latin American ethnohistory: (1) cooperative relations among Africans, indigenous people, Spaniards and mestizos, and (2) people's varied responses to historical contingencies, including the creation of a new ethnic identity whose origin has long baffled ethnohistorians.

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Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Latin American History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015