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Sketching boundaries: the creation of the notion of frontier in colonial Paraguay by local agents (1640-1680)

Grant number: 18/02354-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): May 15, 2018
Effective date (End): January 14, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of America
Principal researcher:Ana Paula Torres Megiani
Grantee:Fernando Victor Aguiar Ribeiro
Supervisor abroad: Jose Manuel Santos Perez
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), Spain  
Associated to the scholarship:17/03606-8 - Fluid borders: São Paulo and Asunción after the union of Iberian crowns in the perspective of a connected history (1640-1680), BP.PD


The objective of this research stage is to understand the construction of the notions of frontier and spatialities in Paraguay between 1640 and 1680. This period was characterized by the restructuring of the region, either because of attacks from São Paulo bandeirantes to the encomiendas of Guairá in 1628 and end of the Union of Iberian Crowns in 1640. Until 1680, the year of the creation of Colonia del Sacramento by the Portuguese and the beginning of the struggle for control of the Río de la Plata, there are few studies on the configuration of the border of the region. To answer this question, we will privilege the local agents in the colony as fundamental characters in the construction of the notion of territory and frontier in America. In order to verify the dynamics, it is necessary to consult, with the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, Spain, the documentation regarding the letters sent by the governors of Paraguay to the authorities of the power stations of the Empire.

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