This book considers population developments in Petorca between 1840 and 1976. It points out that perceptions of the population explosion in Latin America are distorted to a degree by the fact that the fertility decline has been accompanied by an increase in the proportion of women who marry.
1. Population Change in the Petorca Valley and Elsewhere 2. Petorca, Pueblo of the Past 3. Celibacy, Coupling, and Marriage 4. Fertility Change in Petorca 5. The Demographic Transition in the Petorca Valley 6. Petorca and the Population History of Chile