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Estados Alterados. Matrimonio y vida maridable en Charcas temprano-colonial

Author(s): Presta, Ana María

Journal: Población & Sociedad
ISSN 1852-8562

Volume: 18;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 79;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: conquest | vida maridable | bigamy | adultery | Inquisition

The conquest of America was a male migratory enterprise. Despite of their condition of married men, Spaniards emigrated alone. Their wives lived under diffi cuties while waiting to join them and became elderly waiting while raising children without money to face life. Marriage rules imposed the vida maridable that limited in the letter the absence of husbands who often vanished looking for bettering off and comming back rich to the homeland. The mandatory convivencia offered wives the possibility to placing claims to get their husbands back home or to obtain their passage to the Indies. Behind the unlucky search of the husbands, the unconsumated marriages, and the unmeasurable distances, crimes like bigamy and adultery where hidden and commited, as explained along these pages.
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