Christians, Blasphemers, and Witches: Afro-Mexican Ritual Practice in the Seventeenth Century (Dialogos Series)
The decline of the native population following the Spanish conquest of New Spain in 1521, among other factors, led to an increased demand for African slaves to add to the labor force and bolster the colonial economy. Approximately two hundred thousand Africans were imported into Mexico from Spain and from West and West Central Africa during the course of the slave trade.
Overall, it's pretty interesting stuff. I don't think this work is going to turn any sector of the academic world upside down, but it is an interesting look an element of history that most people do not look at in detail.
In a nutshell, Bristol looks at a variety of records and constructs a description of lif...more