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Catherine Komisaruk
University of Texas, San Antonio (San Antonio, TX 78249-1644)
Gender, Migration, and Native Uprisings in New Spain, 1519-1821

A book that examines native uprisings and political activism in Mexico and Guatemala from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

This book project takes a new approach to the history of native communities in Mexico and Guatemala during the colonial era (ca. 1519-1821). Foregrounding gender, the analysis uncovers previously unrecognized patterns in native labor, migration, and legal and political activism. It shows that colonial demands and changing demographics transformed migration patterns as well as native family structures across the centuries of Spanish rule. Indigenous individuals confronted these changes with strategies that varied by gender. Yet both men and women often sought to preserve families, ethnic affiliations, and forms of native sovereignty. For scholars and college students, the book will deepen knowledge about the survival of native societies in the Americas and in the larger Atlantic World. The project also speaks to broader current concerns, as it demonstrates colonial-era origins of today’s migrations across cultural and national borders.

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Project fields:
Latin American History; Native American Studies; Women's History

Awards for Faculty

Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019