Landscape is never static, but changes continuously when seen in relation to human occupation, movement, labor, and discourse. ""Contested Territory"" explores the ways in which Peru's early colonial landscapes were experienced and portrayed, especially by the Spanish conquerors but also by their conquered subjects. It focuses on the role played by indigenous groups in shaping the Spanish experiences of landscapes, the diverse geographical images of Peru and ways in which these were constructed and contested, and what this can tell us about the nature of colonial relations in post-conquest Peru. This exceptional study, which draws from archival records and sources such as cartographies, offers a richly nuanced view of the complexity of colonial relations. It will be read with appreciation by those interested in Spanish history, geography, and colonialism.
HEIDI V. SCOTT is Lecturer in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is currently doing research on Franciscan missions in the Apolobamba region of colonial Bolivia.