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Manufacturing Landscapes in Spanish America: The Case Study of Copper Exploitation in Mexico (Sixteenth–Eighteenth Centuries)

  • Amélia Polónia
  • Johan García Zaldúa
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Abstract

Assuming that the cultural systems of colonisers and indigenous peoples were mutually interdependent, the paper discusses two ideas: (1) Syncretism, mutual adaptation and assimilation processes were integral parts of a transformative process of society and environment in colonial contexts; (2) European cultural patterns were not the only ones responsible for altering landscapes in colonial spaces. These theoretical assumptions will be submitted to empirical evidence by analysing the human and environmental impacts of indigenous-Spanish copper production on the cultural and natural landscapes of South-Central Michoacán, Mexico.

Keywords

Copper Michoacán Mexico Spain Colonialism Environment Ecology Culture Human geography 

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