Demography and Empire: A Guide to the Population History of Spanish Central America, 1500-1821

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Glossary

Alcabala

A sales tax placed on certain goods and commodities.

Alcalde mayor

A Spanish official in charge of a district known as an alcaldía mayor.

Alcaldía mayor

An administrative unit governed by an alcalde mayor.

Anexo

Outlying settlement of a parish. See visita.

Audiencia

Royal court and governing body of a large jurisdiction, by extension the territory ruled by this body.

Barrio

Urban residential district.

Cabecera

A large center, a principal settlement.

Cacique

Hereditary Indian ruler of a town or region.

Calpul

Clan, often residing in a defined territory. See parcialidad.

Cantón

Either a district or quarter within an urban place or a small rural settlement.

Casts

A person of mixed racial provenance.

Chinamit

A small, socio-territorial unit associated with certain native lineages.

Cimarrones

Runaway slaves of African ancestry.

Confesante

A person of the age of confession or older.

Cofradía

A religious fraternity or sodality.

Congregación

Spanish colonial policy of gathering scattered settlements into nucleated centers.

Corregidor

Spanish magistrate in charge of a district known as a corregimiento.

Corregimiento

An administrative unit governed by a corregidor.

Escribano de gobernación

Government notary.

Encomendero

Holder of an encomienda.

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  • Demography and Empire - A Guide to the Population History of Spanish Central America, 1500-1821 *
  • Contents ix
  • Tables and Figures xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Analysis of Bibliographic Entries 19
  • Bibliographic Entries 31
  • Appendix 169
  • Glossary 173
  • Index 177
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