Jour Fixe: The Lived Space: Land Sales, Local Knowledge, and Interethnic Relations on the Chilean Frontier, 1790-1830

Jour Fixe

  • Date: Sep 11, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 - 13:00
  • Speaker: Manuel Bastias Saavedra, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, MPIeR/University of Bremen
  • Opponent: Mariana Armond Dias Paes, MPIeR
  • Location: MPIeR
  • Room: Z 01
 Jour Fixe: The Lived Space: Land Sales, Local Knowledge, and Interethnic Relations on the Chilean Frontier, 1790-1830

By looking into sales of indigenous land in the territory of Valdivia between 1790 and 1830, this presentation discusses how legal interactions were tied to the local spaces of rural habitation. Since ownership was linked with possession and use in Spanish colonial law, local social relations and shared local knowledge were crucial for determining legal ownership and ensuring the validity of land transfers. This presentation seeks to provide insights into how law operated in newly integrated colonial spaces, and reveals that land transfers did not yet constitute purely contractual relations being instead socially negotiated transactions involving different levels of authority and dependency.

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