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Paper) Publication of this work has been made possible in part by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1987 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. A. First edition. Page v For Barbara, Frank, and Rafael Page vii Contents Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii 1 The Making of a Judge 3 2 Maintaining Law and Order in Española 41 3 Enforcing the New Laws in New Granada, 1550-1552 83 4 Alonso de Zorita: Protector of the Guatemalan Indians 121 5 Troubles in New Spain, 1556-1566' Zorita, the Visitador, and the Encomenderos 161 6 Return to Spain and Last Years 235 7 Alonso de Zorita: Anthropologist and Historian 265 Glossary of Spanish and Nahuatl Terms 295 Notes 303 Bibliography 345 Index 365 Page ix Illustrations Zorita's stations in the New World (map) 2 Deposition of Zorita 6 Ferdinand II 22 Gonzalo Fernandez de Córdoba 35 Seville 44 Alonso and Diego Caballero de Cazalla 57 Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas 123 Sketch of Zorita 176 Aztec aristocrat 187 Juana de Austria 239 Cervantes 250 Philip II 259 Sketch of Zorita 268 Page xi Preface Alonso De Zoritaa royal judge of great moral integrity who wrote a bookleft this world four centuries ago.
As is true of all other human beings, Zorita's world view was shaped by the social and intellectual conditions of his time and place. A study of this Castilian writer and judge reveals that Zorita shared with other distinguished Spaniards of his generation a distinct attitude toward the world. This attitude was fundamentally and inevitably religiousgiven the decisive role of religion in the expression of ideology in the sixteenth century and represented the fusion of classical forms of thought with the deeply felt, traditional Catholic spirituality of an age still rooted in scholastic theology.
The repopulation of Córdoba by settlers from León and other parts was accomplished within a few months after its conquest in 1236. 44 Córdoba, situated in the Guadalquivir valley, lies 325 feet above sea level, and is protected from north winds by the Sierra of Córdoba, a spur of the Sierra Morena. "45 South of the city and the Guadalquivir lies the campiña, flat arable land where various crops, notably grapes and olives, are cultivated. Cattle and horses graze on the vast and level plains. South of the campiña is another barren mountain region cut by fertile valleys watered by springs.
Alonso de Zorita: royal judge and Christian humanist, 1512-1585 by Ralph H. Vigil