Chapter 1 introduces the contents of the book with regard to content and structure. It highlights the importance of understanding the interaction between the indigenous population and Europeans as a process that goes beyond the temporal limits of discovery and conquest, and that produced an outcome that is much more diverse and complicated than generally admitted. The concept of Indio is defined as individuals of indigenous origin but adjusted to life in a colonial environment, and outlines the theoretical framework that forms the basis for this study. This combines precolonial archaeology and history with a multidisciplinary focus, and emphasizes agency and transculturation in order to confront the study of the early colonial world in the Caribbean.
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