Travellers to the New World. Foreigners in Lima, 1590-1640

Travellers to the New World. Foreigners in Lima, 1590-1640 analyses the integration strategies of the foreigners who lived in Lima in the years 1590-1640. This question is interesting because foreigners, according to the law, were forbidden to travel to the Indies, and even more so to trade with them, unless they had obtained a neighbourhood or nature letter, or through a royal licence that enabled them to make the trip. The analysis of the notarial deeds reveals not only the presence of foreigners in the social composition of Lima, but also their active participation in the social dynamics of the city. The matrimonial strategy with natural of the kingdom, the acquisition of real estate, the bonds created with the religious and sanitary institutions of the city, the exercise of certain profession or office without any prohibition, and the use of goods or objects common to those used by other Limeños, without signs of a particular identity to excluding them, are data that suggest – from social practice – that they lived integrated.

Gleydi Sullón Barreto has a PhD in History from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is the author of the book Extranjeros integrados. Portugueses en la Lima virreinal, 1570-1680 (Madrid, CSIC, 2016), she has specialized in the study of the Portuguese presence in Peru in the 17th century, basing her research on the analysis of the notarial source. Her interest has also focused on other foreign presences, and on the knowledge of the social dynamics of viceregal Lima. She is currently a professor at Universidad Nacional de Piura (UNP), a member of the Research Seminar on Modern American History (Madrid) and a corresponding researcher at the Centro de Humanidades d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar (Lisbon).

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