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Families in the Expansion of Europe,1500-1800

1st Edition

Edited by Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva


325 pages

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Published in 1998, this volume presents legal, religious and demographic aspects of the transfer of European family organisations to new environments in the overseas colonies, and illustrates the impacts of contact with other ethnic groups. In Africa the focus is on the Cape, the principal area of European settlement in the 17th-18th centuries; in the Americas the analysis includes indigenous and black families. Inheritance, dowry, marriage, divorce, illegitimacy are topics covered, but the emphasis is above all on women's roles and voices.


'European and Non-European Societies and Christianity and Missions along with the other volumes in An Expanding World should become a standard collection for any academic library. The invaluable bibliography, the variety of themes, and the historical problems will engage students of all levels, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral, in many aspects of early modern and world history for years to come.' Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXX, No. 1

Table of Contents

1. Parents and Daughters: Change in the Practice of Dowry in Sao Paulo (1600-1770), Muriel Nazzari 2. The Church and the Patriarchal Family: Marriage Conflicts in 16th- and 17th-Century New Spain, Patricia Seed 3. Marriage and the Family in Colonial Vila Rica, Donald Ramos 4. Divorce and the Changing Status of Women in 18th-Century Massachusetts, Nancy F. Cott 5. Honour, Sexuality and Illegitimacy in Colonial Spanish America, Ann Twinam 6. Les Naissances Illégitimes sur les Rives du Saint-Laurent Avant 1730, Lynne Paquette and Réal Bates 7. Women and the Family in 18th-Century Mexico: Law and Practice, Edith Couturier 8. Women and Means: Women and Family Property in Colonial Brazil, Alida C. Metcalf 9. Ownership and Obligation: Inheritance and Patriarchal Households in Connecticut, 1750-1820, Toby L. Ditz 10. The Spiritual Conquest Re-Examined: Baptism and Christian Marriage in Early 16th-Century Mexico, Sarah Cline 11. The Black Family in the Americas, A. J. R. Russell-Wood 12. Marriage Patterns of Persons of African Descent in a Colonial Mexico City Parish, Edgar F. Love 13. The Anatomy of a Colonial Settler Population: Cape Colony, 1657-1750, Leonard Guelke.

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