Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Latin American -- Guatemala in the Spanish Colonial Period by Oakah L. Jones Jr

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Latin American -- Guatemala in the Spanish Colonial Period by Oakah L. Jones Jr

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Guatemala in the Spanish Colonial Period. By Oakah L. Jones, Jr. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 199. Pp. xxi, 344. $38.95.)

This well-organized and readable survey of colonial Guatemala in ten chapters provides the reader with a much-needed important study of the Kingdom of Guatemala from conquest to independence. Based on more than eight years of archival research, the reading of published documents and primary sources, and the works of authors ranging from H. H. Bancroft to Murdo J. Macleod, this authoritative narrative history provides a useful chronology and index, good illustrations, maps, tables, a glossary of Spanish terms, and an appendix of Spanish governors, captains general, and presidents.

After placing Guatemala's people in their natural setting and showing the interrelationship between habitat and occupants from pre-Columbian times to the present, the author discusses the pre-Columbian Indians and their achievements in a geographically diverse region of Mesoamerica. He then assesses the Spanish conquest, the beginnings of Spanish dominance, and the end of an era with Pedro de Alvarado's death and the destruction of Ciudad Vieja in 1541.

Subsequent chapters examine a variety of themes chronologically and topically. Subjects covered include government and the Church under the Hapsburgs and the Bourbons; landholding in its various forms, town planning, and the economic life of the colony; population, society, and culture; and the effects of calamities and disasters and the constant need to protect the colony against foreign interlopers. …

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