Digital History

[coming soon: this space will be utilized to investigate GIS mapping and related digital projects for my forthcoming book, Republics of Difference: Racial and Religious Self-Governance in the Iberian Atlantic (Oxford University Press)]


Two preliminary maps.

The first shows the city of Seville between 1440-1483, mapping the residences and workshops of its Muslim and Jewish populations. Despite numerous segregation ordinances, there was no functional Muslim or Jewish barrio (though many Jews lived in the former judería by choice). In 1483, Jews were given orders to convert or leave Andalucía, and the Muslims were mostly forced to live in the parish of San Pedro.


The second is a map drawn from the 1613 census of Lima, carried out under the Viceroy Marqués de Montesclaros.  This map indicates the density of indigenous populations across the city, and the ratio of men to women. It excludes Santiago del Cercado, a walled parish intended to house both temporary (mita) and permanent indigenous residents. But the census and maps demonstrate that the majority of the indigenous population continued to live and work outside the Cercado, and that occupational placements in Spanish homes and workshops made the city extraordinarily integrated. Indigenous women’s early migration to the city via coerced or voluntary domestic service expedited their intimate knowledge of Spanish law and social organization, explaining why they might have been more active in notarial records and religious organizations than expected.

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