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Mobilizing Bolivia's DisplacedIndigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land$
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Nicole Fabricant

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837139

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837511_fabricant

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Sediments of History

Sediments of History

Resources, Rights, and Indigenous Politics

(p.17) Chapter One Sediments of History
Mobilizing Bolivia's Displaced

Nicole Fabricant

University of North Carolina Press

The arrival of the Spaniards and silver mining disrupted the indigenous communities' way of life by displacing families and subjecting them to forced labor. As the silver mining industry grew, indigenous peoples, who once lived off the land as independent agriculturalists, were quickly turned into wage laborers. This chapter narrates histories in motion: the destruction of indigenous lands and communities, and the movement of Bolivia's populations from the highlands to the lowlands. It also explores the politics of Movimiento Sin Tierra in contemporary social movement struggles over land and territory. The chapter presents tales of early colonial history, global interconnections, Andean forms of dislocation and resistance, and eastern forms of plantation labor and violence.

Keywords:   silver mining, Spaniards, indigenous communities, Bolivia, highlands, lowlands, Movimiento Sin Tierra, land, territory, colonial history

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