Glossary

ahijado
godchild
alcalde
magistrate and member of the cabildo
arpent
French linear and area measure; in lineal terms equivalent to
190
feet
audiencia
high or superior court
ayudante
aide, assistant
bando
edict; decree
bozal
slave newly arrived from Africa
cabildo
town council or corporation
carta
de
libertad
certificate of manumission
casta
mixed-race; person of mixed racial ancestry
etdula
decree
coartacwn
self-purchase of manumission
compadrazgo
godparenthood; fictive or ritual kinship
cuarteron(a)
person with one-fourth black and three-fourths white ancestry
faubout;!J/arrabal
suburb
fuero militar
privileges accorded to military personnel
graciosa/graciosamente
gratis or freely without conditions (as in the case of
manumission)
grifo(a)
offspring of a moreno(a) and a parda(o); sometimes refers to the
offspring of a black and a Native American
habitacwn
plantation; large landholding
hijo(a) natural
natural child (illegitimate but recognized by the parents)
hojas de servicio
military service records
jornal
daily wage
Im:lino
African who had been "seasoned" in the Americas
libre
free; in this work meaning a free person of African descent
madrina
godmother
mercader
shopkeeper, retail merchant
mestizo(a)
offspring of a white and a Native American
miliciano
militiaman
moreno(a)
a dark-skinned person of African descent
padrino
godfather (in plural form means godparents)
palahras infurwsas
"violent words"; slander
pardo(a)
a light-skinned person of African descent
parentela
patron-client relationship
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