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Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire's Periphery

Sylvia Sellers-Garcia


Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire’s Periphery examines how distance was conceptualized in an empire that at its height spanned four continents, stretching from Europe to the Philippines. Distance mediated most aspects of how the Spanish empire functioned, but we know little about how it was envisioned and understood. This book argues that documents, particularly official documents, were crucial to overcoming long distances. Focusing on Guatemala, a part of the empire that has long been considered “peripheral,” the book examines how the creation, movement, and storage of documents re ... More

Keywords: Distance, space, mail, archives, Guatemala, travel, routes, documents, Spanish empire, peripheries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804787055
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804787055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvia Sellers-Garcia, author