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The Reche-Mapuche Rebellion in 1655: slavery, parlaments and the Spanish Empire crisis

Grant number: 18/01316-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2018
Effective date (End): November 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of America
Principal Investigator:Carlos Alberto de Moura Ribeiro Zeron
Grantee:Gustavo Velloso
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/22645-7 - The Reche-Mapuche Rebellion in 1655: slavery, parlaments and the Spanish Empire crisis, BE.EP.DR


The purpose of this research project is analyse the indigenous rebellion that began in 1655 on the southern frontier of the Kingdom of Chile that allied numerous reche-mapuche groups. Considering that a detailed understanding of that event implies observing it under the movement of the historical processes of which it forms part, it is proposed to interpret it in intersection with three main subjects: first, the formation and development of the slavery and other forms of indigenous labor in the Chilean colonial territory, as well as the place of these regimes in the productive configuration of the region and its commercial connections with other areas during the seventeenth century. Second, the political interlocution and cultural dynamics expressed mainly (but not exclusively) in the realization of the parliaments, meetings where Spanish and indigenous leaders negotiated the conditions for ending the war that they had held since the first half of the previous century. Finally, the crisis of Spanish Empire in the same period, with the separatist revolts that occurred in many areas, the diminution of the flux of precious metals to Europe and the loss of the old oceanic hegemony because the advent of new overseas powers. (AU)

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VELLOSO, Gustavo. The knots of the arrow: crisis and uprising in the southern frontier of the Spanish Empire (Chile, 1655-1662). 2022. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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