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Jose Carlos de la Puente
Texas State University - San Marcos (San Marcos, TX 78666-4684)
Andean Cosmopolitans: Indigenous Journeys to the Habsburg Royal Court

I am applying for a grant to complete the first in-depth study about the travels of native Andeans to the Habsburg royal court in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Andean Cosmopolitans brings to the fore the indigenous leaders and legal agents who played an active part in gaining access to the Spanish system of justice for native Andeans. They influenced Crown policies at the highest level, turning stays at the court into a negotiation about the nature of the state in the New World. The story unfolds simultaneously in distant settings of the early modern Atlantic world. The focus is less on fixed ethnic and legal identifications, or on discontinuous places and regions, as it is on fluid identities, interconnections, and the interplay between local and global scenarios. I highlight the role played by native Andeans in the formation of a 'legal Atlantic,' an organic network of litigants, petitioners, attorneys, and ideas of law and justice bridging courtrooms in Spain and America.

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Project fields:
European History; History, Other; Latin American History

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

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015