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Master of Arts




Millaire Jean-François


This thesis explores socio-political practices in the former Huamachuco province (upper Virú valley, northern Peru) through the analysis of a legal document from the first decade of the 17th century. I analyze a litigation regarding indigenous political organization during the first centuries of the Colonial period. This case sheds light over the interaction between a cacicazgo (chiefdom) in the highlands of Huamachuco, and a cacicazgo in Simbal in the middle zone between the coast and the highlands (the chaupiyunga ecological zone), and on endurance of pre-Hispanic political practices during the early Colonial period in the Peruvian north. The 16th and 17th centuries are important to understand changes, adaptations, and continuity of indigenous populations’ practices after the Spanish invasion. The information was gathered from colonial manuscripts filed in the Archivo Regional La Libertad in the city of Trujillo on the north coast of Peru.