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Santa Bárbara's Legacy: An Environmental History of Huancavelica, Peru

by Nicholas A. Robins
Format
Book
Published
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017.
Language
English
Series
Brill's Series in the History of the Environment
ISBN
9789004339781 (hardback : acid-free paper), 9789004343795 (e-book)
Summary
"In Santa Bárbara's Legacy : an Environmental History of Huancavelica, Peru, Nicholas A. Robins presents the first comprehensive environmental history of a mercury producing region in Latin America. Tracing the origins, rise and decline of the regional population and economy from pre-history to the present, Robins explores how people's multifaceted, intimate and often toxic relationship with their environment has resulted in Huancavelica being among the most mercury-contaminated urban areas on earth. The narrative highlights issues of environmental justice and the toxic burdens that contemporary residents confront, especially many of those who live in adobe homes and are exposed to mercury, as well as lead and arsenic, on a daily basis. The work incorporates archival and printed primary sources as well as scientific research led by the author"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Huaca-Villca : from geological formation to Spanish conquest
  • The Pachacuti : colonization, catastrophe and the rise of mercury
  • "A horrible business" : the Mita
  • The Bourbon era : reform and resentment
  • "They all come to die" : mining, mishaps and mercurialism
  • Desuetude, decay and neglect : the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix.
Description
xvi, 225 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Statement
Brill's series in the history of the environment, 1876-6595 ; volume 5
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