The 2016-2017 Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series

Fri. November 18 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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THE 2016-2017 MESOAMERICA CENTER COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Please join us for the November talk of the 2016-2017 Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series!
Friday November 18, 4-5 PM, DFA 2.204
"Life is Bittersweet: The Rise and Fall of the Sugarcane and Rum Industry in Nineteenth Century Yucatan" by Dr. Jennifer Mathews, Trinity University, San Antonio
Free and open to the public

Abstract:

The Nineteenth Century in the Yucatán Peninsula was a period of major transition. Amidst the backdrop of colonialism, slavery, indentured servitude, and an indigenous revolt during the Caste War (1847-1901), foreign and local Maya residents of the remote region of northern Quintana Roo engaged in small-scale commodity industries such as sugarcane farming and rum making. Using a combination of on-the-ground archaeology, archival research, and ethnographic interviews with contemporary Maya peoples and small-batch rum makers, this presentation will discuss our research findings on reconstructing the the rum-making process, the daily life of laborers and managers living on small haciendas in remote regions of southern Mexico, as well as the implications of introducing European-style alcohol into indigenous communities.  

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

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