The 2016-2017 Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series

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

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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


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.  

Free and open to the public

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