Spanish Vecinos in
Central America During the
First Century of Colonization
|1570||2,000+||Lic. Arteaga, fiscal, to Crown (Santiago, 16 December 1570), AGI, Guatemala, leg. 9.||Described as 2,000 "con casas pobladas."|
|ca. 157273||2,200-2,300||López de Velasco, p. 283.||900-1,000 ofthem were encomenderos. Of the 19 Spanish settlements, 14-15 were ranked as ciudades.|
|ca. 1575||1,090||"Relación ... que sacada de un libro que tiene el Presidente Villalobos," AGI, Indiferente General, leg. 1528. See also Sanchíz Ochoa, Los hidalgos, p. 27.||This count, ordered by President Villalobos, includes 16 Spanish towns. In 14 there were encomenderos, totaling 416. This count compared with that of López de Velasco, which was taken about the same time, but showing more than twice the number of vecinos and encomenderos, illustrates the unreliability of censuses of the time.|
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Publication information: Book title: Forced Native Labor in Sixteenth-Century Central America. Contributors: William L. Sherman - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 1979. Page number: 356.
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