The introduction challenges three durable and interrelated stereotypes about Amazonian history: that the tropical environment prevented the development of large, stable societies; that native Amazonians and their descendants were culturally predisposed to a wandering existence; and that settlement could have been imposed only from above. In contrast to works that depict the historical process of settlement as led by the colonial state, the central argument of the book is that native Amazonians used mobility to create enduring communities within the colony. The introduction explains how ethnohistorical methods have been used in this study and highlights the book’s contribution to the literature (mostly coming out of Spanish America) on native mobility and the history of “colonial Indians.” The relevance of anthropological, ecological, and geographical perspectives on Amazonia is also outlined here.
Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.