Colonial Negotiation in the Frontier Province of Beneficios Altos

Author(s): Adam Kaeding

Year: 2017


The frontier location of the Spanish colonial province of Beneficios Altos, Yucatan provides a unique case study for investigation into the lives and strategies of colonial Maya individuals and communities. Given their proximity to a notoriously porous southern border and the documented record of significant numbers of people who escaped colonial authority by crossing that border, those communities and individuals living within the boundaries of Beneficios Altos can largely be considered to have remained by choice. A process of colonial negotiation carried out primarily through daily, mundane interactions between agents representing and/or opposing the interests of the Spanish Empire established the foundation by which residents of Beneficios Altos communities (both Maya and non-Maya) maintained and created distinct cultural and ethnic identities. This paper details the process of colonial negotiation and draws upon archaeological and documentary data to demonstrate examples of its effect on the Beneficios Altos population and landscape during the colonial and early national periods.

Cite this Record

Colonial Negotiation in the Frontier Province of Beneficios Altos. Adam Kaeding. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431976)


Geographic Keywords

Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17341