Rebellions in Late Colonial Spanish America: A Comparative Perspective

TitleRebellions in Late Colonial Spanish America: A Comparative Perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsMcFarlane, Anthony
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Date Published09/1995

Under Bourbon rule, and especially after 1760, Spanish America witnessed rebellions on a scale that were without precedent in its previous history. The recent historiography on late colonial Spanish America suggests, furthermore, that the eighteenth century, particularly its latter half, saw growth in the incidence of civil disorder in colonial societies, notably in Quito, Peru, New Granada and Mexico. Each of these rebellions has attracted considerable attention from historians, and there is a reasonably clear general idea of their specific characteristics. What is less clear, however, is how these rebellions resembled or differed from each other; even less obvious is how they might compare with the rebellions that took place in other regions of the Atlantic world during the late eighteenth century, whether in Europe or the Americas. This paper will focus on the first of these issues. Here, the author attempts a brief comparative conspectus of rebellion in late colonial Spanish America, focusing on the four large, cross-class uprisings that challenged colonial governments at different times and places between 1760 and 1810. The author's purpose is to set these disparate events and occasions within a broad framework, and, by mapping out their forms and features, to identify similarities and differences, and parallels or patterns that might link them, whether in origins, aims or outcomes.

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