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By Ann Jefferson, Paul Lokken

Drawing on a wealth of fundamental records and up to date examine, lifestyle in Colonial Latin the US offers readers a real experience of daily dwelling in important and South the USA, from the age of the nice explorers within the sixteenth century to the start of the period of independence 3 centuries later.Daily lifestyles in Colonial Latin the US considers the entire variety of individuals stuck up within the sweep of background in this pivotal time—Indians, Spanish and Portuguese settlers, Africans dropped at the sector as slaves, Whites and Mestizos, girls and kids. by means of concentrating on the lives of these frequently overshadowed through heritage, the publication bargains a brand new method of realizing how peoples from the Iberian peninsula, sub-Saharan Africa, and the western hemisphere interacted to supply a uniquely Latin American tradition.

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Married or not, the couple and their children formed the fundamental building block of society. Colonial society was based on the patriarchal extended family. Not necessarily in the sense that couples and their children all lived together in the house of the patriarch, but in the sense that families tended to be made up of several generations of couples with their children/grandchildren, frequently living on the same or adjoining lands, sharing domestic tasks, and supporting each other in various ways.

This chapter will show the centrality of the family to social life and the expectations of the church for maintaining social order through the promotion of marriage and male-defined standards of women’s honor. It will also examine the normative standard of the patriarchal extended family and deviations from this norm. FAMILIES, THE SOCIAL BUILDING BLOCK Although the pervasiveness and power of the patriarchal family has lately become a matter of debate, it still makes sense to begin with this model of the elite colonial family because it defines the norm to which church, state, and creole colonists aspired.

Another common choice was other members of the community of slaves, connecting the children horizontally to other people of African descent. Nuclear families usually chose godparents from among other slaves, while single mothers chose godparents from the planter class or the free peasantry, presumably the fathers of their children or members of the father’s family. The event most threatening to a slave family was the death of an owner and the distribution of his property. It was at this point that slave families were broken up, couples separated, and children divided among the heirs or sold to liquidate assets.

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