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Has anyone read "The Encomderos of New Spain 1521-1555"

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By Placencia1959 - Posted on 08 July 2015

I copied and pasted this review. Has anyone read this book?

While the Spanish conquistadors have been stereotyped as rapacious treasure seekers, many firstcomers to the New World realized that its greatest wealth lay in the native populations whose labor could be harnessed to build a new Spain. Hence, the early arrivals in Mexico sought encomiendas—”a grant of the Indians of a prescribed indigenous polity, who were to provide the grantee (the encomendero) tribute in the form of commoditiesand service in return for protection and religious instruction.”

This study profiles the 506 known encomenderos in New Spain (present-day Mexico) during the years 1521-1555, using their life histories to chart the rise, florescence, and decline of the encomienda system. The first part draws general conclusions about the actual workings of the encomienda system. The second part provides concise biographies of the encomenderos themselves.

Table of Contents:

As I like to do, here is the table of contents so that you may get a better idea of what you can expect to find within the pages of this book.

Part One: The Encomenderos as a Group

1. Introduction

2. The Encomenderos’ Backgrounds: Regional Origins, Social Standing, and Experience

3. Cities and Encomendias

4. The Integration of the Encomenderos into Local Society: Patterns of Association through Marriage, Office-holding, and Encomienda Sharing

5. Comparisson and Conclusions

Part Two: The Individual Encomenderos


The Biographies


A. Roster of First Conqueror Encomenderos

B. Roster of Conqueror Encomenderos

C. Roster of Poblador Antiguo Encomenderos

D. Roster of Poblador Encomenderos

E. Roster of Indian Encomenderos

F. Citizenship of the Encomenderos

G. Methodology Essay

About the Author:

Robert Himmerich y Valencia is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, where he also serves as Editor of the New Mexico Historical Review

Where to buy your own copy:
• – New $27.30 and Used starting at $7.11 as of the writing of this article.

What a coincidence...I ordered it yesterday!

Also the reason I ordered it is because I hope there is a discussion in it regarding Pedro Placencia

I would appreciate it if you would let me know if it is worth purchasing this book.



I wonder if we are related? I started my research 8 generations and thus have not seen Pedro Placencia. My 8th generation is Ysidro Placencia in Cuquio, Jalisco, Mexico.


Olga Torres Placencia

I do not have Ysidro in my treee but I have been researching Placencia in Cuquio. So has Manny Diez


Do you have any of my relatives in your search?

Mother : Maria Placencia Torres
Grandparents: Filomeno Placencia (1896-1983) and Soledad Romero
GGGrand: Roman Placencia (Aug. 13, 1865) and Benigna Galvez
GGGGrand Jose Domingo Placencia (8-7-1816) and Monica Romero
GGGGGrand: Jose Rafael Placencia (11-2-1795) and Ynozencia Sanchis
GGGGGrand: Juan Ynasio Placencia (6-10-1764) and Monica Balentina Robles
GGGGGGrand Felis Fernando Placencia (6-8-1732) and Gertrudis Guerrero
GGGGGGGrand: Ysidro Placencia (approx. 1712) and Gertrudis Rodriguez

Please let me know if you have any additional information on any
of these.

Thank you,

Olga Torres Placencia

I do not have them in my tree however that does not mean that they don't tie in to mine at some point. Are all of these Placencia's in Cuquio?

I have Pedro de Placencia marrying Melchora de los Reyes Moscoso y Sandoval in Nochistlan in 1668. Their children were born, raised, married in the Cuquio records.

I have received the book. Hasn't quite helped me out yet but let me know if you would like a lookup

I truly appreciate all your help. I already feel you are my primo, whether or not we do end up being so.

Olga Torres Placencia

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