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The Ch′orti′ Maya AreaPast and Present$
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Brent Metz, Cameron L. McNeil, and Kerry M. Hull

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033310

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033310.001.0001

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The Ch′orti′ Maya of Eastern Guatemala under Imperial Spain

The Ch′orti′ Maya of Eastern Guatemala under Imperial Spain

(p.137) 10 The Ch′orti′ Maya of Eastern Guatemala under Imperial Spain
The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Stewart Brewer

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the history of Ch'orti' Maya in eastern Guatemala under Imperial Spain. It suggests that throughout the eighteenth century, the Ch'orti' suffered in a variety of ways, including from abuse and mistreatment, droughts, fires, epidemics, and pestilence. However, despite these challenges, the general population of Chiquimula continued to grow during the 1700s and 1800s. For the Ch'orti', the colonial period was a time of cultural, linguistic, economic and religious hegemony, as the Spanish colonial system dominated most aspects of their lives.

Keywords:   Ch'orti' Maya, Guatemala, Imperial Spain, Chiquimula, Spanish colonial system

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