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Patters of Indian Depopulation in Early Colonial Ecuador

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Author(s): Newson, Linda

Journal: Revista de Indias
ISSN 0034-8341

Volume: 63;
Issue: 227;
Start page: 135;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Ecuador | depopulation | Spanish conquest | Old World diseases | economic activities | missions | Ecuador | despoblación | conquista española | enfermedades del Viejo Mundo | empresas económicas | misiones

ABSTRACT
This paper examines regional variations in Indian population decline Ecuador in the sixteenth century. It examines the impact of Old World diseases and the economic enterprises the Spanish established in the region. Although the population declined by 85 percent, this figure masks considerable variations. There was no marked variation in levels of depopulation between the highlands and lowlands, but variations within those broad regions.Algunos autores han estimado que la población amerindia de Boriquén (Puerto Rico) al comienzo del Período de Contacto era alta. Un sinnúmero de fuentes documentales y estudios arqueológicos nos obligan a cuestionar estos estimados. Dado que Puerto Rico se considera uno de los centros del «taíno clásico», creemos necesario reevaluar en profundidad los cálculos sobre la población prehispánica de la región
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