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The Ch′orti′ Maya of Eastern Guatemala under Imperial Spain

Stewart Brewer

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0010
The Ch′orti′ Maya of Eastern Guatemala under Imperial Spain

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This chapter examines the history of Ch'orti' Maya in eastern Guatemala under Imperial Spain. It suggests that throughout the eighteenth century, the Ch'orti' suffered in a variety of ways, including from abuse and mistreatment, droughts, fires, epidemics, and pestilence. However, despite these challenges, the general population of Chiquimula continued to grow during the 1700s and 1800s. For the Ch'orti', the colonial period was a time of cultural, linguistic, economic and religious hegemony, as the Spanish colonial system dominated most aspects of their lives.

Keywords: Ch'orti' Maya; Guatemala; Imperial Spain; Chiquimula; Spanish colonial system

Chapter.  4283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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