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Archaeology of Mercantilism: An Analysis of Vessels and Passengers in Puerto Rico, 1510-1545

Author(s): Julissa A. Collazo López

Year: 2016

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This paper presents the preliminary findings of a research project that uses the registries of vessels(Relación de Navíos) from the Royal Treasury of Puerto Rico to study the quantity of people that arrived to the island during the first half of the 16th century, at the height of the Spanish colonization. The main objective of this research is to quantify the passengers and vessels that arrived at the two main ports in Puerto Rico: San Juan and San Germán. The incorporation of this documentary data is being used as a new approach to understand early colonial development and transplantation of the Spanish European system to the Caribbean by comparing and contrasting the information regarding the entry of vessels with the quantity of people. How can this information, focusing on ethnicity, profession, and gender help us understand the early conquest in Puerto Rico from an archaeological perspective?


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Archaeology of Mercantilism: An Analysis of Vessels and Passengers in Puerto Rico, 1510-1545. Julissa A. Collazo López. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434370)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America