The body of the conquistador : food, race, and the colonial experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700 / Rebecca Earle.

Earle, Rebecca.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Critical perspectives on empire.
Critical perspectives on empire
xi, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Latin America -- Colonization -- Social aspects.
Spain -- Colonies -- America -- History.
Spaniards -- Latin America -- Attitudes -- History.
Latin America -- Race relations -- History.
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- Latin America -- History.
Human body -- Social aspects -- Latin America -- History.
Food habits -- Latin America -- History.
Food -- Latin America -- Psychological aspects -- History.
Ingestion -- Latin America -- Psychological aspects -- History.
Latin America -- Social conditions.
"This fascinating history explores the dynamic relationship between overseas colonisation and the bodily experience of eating. It reveals the importance of food to the colonial project in Spanish America and reconceptualises the role of European colonial expansion in shaping the emergence of ideas of race during the Age of Discovery. Rebecca Earle shows that anxieties about food were fundamental to Spanish understandings of the new environment they inhabited and their interactions with the native populations of the New World. Settlers wondered whether Europeans could eat New World food, whether Indians could eat European food and what would happen to each if they did. By taking seriously their ideas about food we gain a richer understanding of how settlers understood the physical experience of colonialism and of how they thought about one of the central features of the colonial project. The result is simultaneously a history of food, colonialism and race"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: Food and the colonial experience; 1. Humoralism and the colonial body; 2. Protecting the European body; 3. Providential fertility; 4. Maize, which is their wheat; 5. You will become the same if you eat their food; 6. Mutable bodies in Spain and the Indies; Epilogue.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-254) and index.
9781107003422 (hbk.)
1107003423 (hbk.)
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