Tangled strands of silk: Globalizing the local in Early Modern San Miguel Achiutla, Oaxaca

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In this article I take the community of San Miguel Achiutla, located in the Mixtec highlands of Oaxaca, as a case study through which to examine the complex involvements of Indigenous pueblos de indios of Mexico in early modern dynamics of globalization. Drawing from both ethnohistorical and archaeological evidence, I show how residents of this community were not only affected by forces of globalization as they appropriated new goods and ideas from across the Pacific and Atlantic, but how they played an active economic role in driving colonial expansion during the sixteenth century, particularly through the silk trade. In tracing these connections, I argue that locally focused microhistories can shed light on aspects of early modern globalization that we might not otherwise attend to.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-311
JournalEthnohistory: The Journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Mixtec
  • Mesoamerica
  • silk
  • economy
  • globalization

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