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Land and Tenure in Early Colonial Peru: Individualizing the Sapci, “That Which is Common to All”

Susan Elizabeth Ramírez

Susan Elizabeth Ramírez holds the Neville G. Penrose Endowed Chair in History and Latin American Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Besides dozens of articles and chapters published in the United States, Spain, Peru, England, Italy, Japan, and Australia, she has written several books. Among the most important are Provincial Patriarchs: Land Tenure and the Economy of Power in Colonial Peru (1986 and 1991); The World Upside Down: Cross Cultural Contact and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Peru (1996 and 2002); To Feed and Be Fed: The Cosmological Bases of Authority and Identity in the Andes (2005); and Al servicio de Dios y de Su Majestad: Los orígnes de las escuelas públicas para niños indígenas en el norte del Perú en el siglo XVIII (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Legal Encounters on the Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...This article compares and contrasts pre-Columbian indigenous customary law regarding land possession and use with the legal norms and concepts gradually imposed and implemented by the Spanish colonial state in the Viceroyalty of Peru...