Allison Margaret Bigelow deposited Women, Men, and the Legal Languages of Mining in the Colonial Andes on MLA Commons 1 week, 3 days ago
Histories of colonial Latin American mining have cemented the image of a scientifically backward society whose pursuit of easy wealth sacrificed the
lives of indigenous and African miners in places like Potosí. By examining a mid seventeenth-century mine dispute between an Andean woman and a Spanish
man, this article suggests how legal archives can reveal indigenous women’s contributions to the history of colonial silver. It also provides an appendix with
one hundred cases of indigenous, creole, and Spanish women miners, refiners, and managers in Alto Perú, 1559–1801, suggesting how women of different socioeconomic and technical backgrounds participated in the silver industry.