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eighty square blocks of data

I had walked the streets of Quito’s Centro many times before I encountered it’s old parishes in the manuscripts of the Archivo Nacional del Ecuador (ANE). Yet, in reading, and writing, of events from the city’s criminal archives in the

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the AHA and “racial silence” in the criminal archive

This is, more or less, the text for my panel presentation on Saturday at the AHA. I’ve changed it a bit from the description that I submitted. But, what are you going to do? These things happen in an intervening

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word clouds of Quito jail visitas, 1749-1830

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog directly related to my own research on 18th- and 19th-century Quito. With help from a graduate research assistant, I’m finally getting around to transcribing more of the jail visitas

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The Future of Andean History

Following are the comments I’ve prepared for the CLAH Andean Studies Roundtable, “The Future of the Andean Past.” I’m going to be posting these comments at the Roundtable blog this week, but I thought I’d put them up here first.

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Posted in Conference Reports, Latin American History, Research and Writing, Teaching, Uncategorized

Quito á la Condamine

I’ve been derelict on the blog the last few months. This semester has been my first as a full time commuter, flying most weeks back and forth between the South and the Southwest. I also taught an overload, banking a

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Quito 1809: In Defense of King, Religion, and Patria pt. II

The first week of rule was obviously a busy one for Quito’s Supreme Junta. In addition to deposing the Audiencia and its president, the junta initiated attempts to gain support both in the city and in the region traditionally ruled

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Quito 1809: In Defense of Religion, King, and Patria

It’s an important day in Ecuadorian History– we know this, of course, because one of the three main north-south corridor streets in Quito is named 10 de agosto (10th of August). Two hundred years ago today, on the 10th of

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