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Author: Mena García, Carmen
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Historia de América
Date: 2003
Published in: Mesoamérica, 24 (45), 35-64.
Document type: Article
Abstract: El hambre, la imperiosa necesidad de alimentarse por parte de todos los grupos que invadieron las tierras americanas, delimitó fronteras en el avance conquistador e influyó en el sometimiento de los pueblos nativos. Al mismo tiempo, el hambre fue el...
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Hunger, the all-important need to be fed, a need shared by all parties who invaded the Americas, established boundaries in the forward motion of conquest and influenced the subjugation of native peoples. At the same time, hunger motivated men to explore new lands in order to secure food that they were unable to produce themselves, which they did by resorting to pillage and violence and, to a lesser extent, relying on voluntary delivery. Looking at the colonization process through the lens of hunger, rather than from more traditional perspectives, allows us to incorporate it as a key explanatory factor. Spanish arrival in the Gulf of Urubá triggered a new stage of domination: conquest of the mainland. In the Panamanian territory of Darien, which borders present-day Colombia, a new frontier was opened up in the sixteenth century, the first to experience the same sad fate that befell the islands of the Caribbean.
Cite: Mena García, C. (2003). La frontera del hambre: construyendo el espacio histórico del Darién. Mesoamérica, 24 (45), 35-64.
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