Food, conquest, and colonization in sixteenth-century Spanish America / John C. Super.

By: Super, John C, 1944-Contributor(s): American Council of Learned SocietiesMaterial type: TextTextSeries: ACLS Humanities E-BookPublisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1988Edition: 1st edDescription: vii, 133 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0826310494; 0826310613Subject(s): Food supply -- Latin America -- History -- 16th century | Food crops -- Latin America -- History -- 16th century | Diet -- Latin America -- History -- 16th century | Indians -- Food -- History -- 16th centuryLOC classification: HD9014.L32 | c1988Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL:
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Includes bibliography (p. 115-128) and index.

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Super argues convincingly that for most of the 16th century, both the native population and the conquistadors and their descendants in Spanish America had adequate food supplies. Indeed, the combination of indigenous foods and foods introduced by Spaniards and produced in the New World--notably animal foods, grains, bananas, and sugar cane among many others--resulted in an American diet superior to that eaten by Europeans at the same time. To support his hypothesis, Super examines the geographic setting and availability of land in Spanish America, the introduction and production of livestock and wheat, efforts to direct the distribution of foodstuffs in cities, the consequences of demographic changes (especially the calamitous drop in the native population after Conquest), and the native diet of food and drink. Super's study builds upon and complements Alfred W. Crosby's classic The Columbian Exchange (CH, Mar '73). The author makes excellent use of published primary sources, some archival materials, and a wide range of secondary literature. The prose is occasionally repetitive, but the argument is clear. The index is adequate; a glossary would have been useful. A must for college and university libraries. M. A. Burkholder University of Missouri--St. Louis

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