The archival research on which this book is based was supported by an
International Collaborative Grant from the Wenner- Gren Foundation
for Anthropological Research (2005–2006), a Summer Academic Grant
from Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
(2005), and a Fulbright Fellowship in Bogotá (2007). I thank the direc-
tors and staff of the Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain) and the
Archivo General de la Nación (Bogotá, Colombia) for their hospitality
and assistance on this project; I am particularly beholden to the direc-
tor of the Division of Attention to the Public of the Archivo General de
la Nación, Mauricio Tovar, and his staff with whom it is a continuing
joy to work.
Marta Zambrano of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia shared
the Wenner- Gren grant and her ideas concerning race and mestizaje
with me. She helped me to focus on mestizaje, as opposed to race, as
the central argument of this book. I thank Carolina Castañeda, María
Fernanda Durán, Juan Felipe Hoyos, Laura Sánchez, and Bernardo
Leal for their able assistance in the Bogotá archives. Carolina, María
Fernanda, Juan Felipe, and Laura transcribed the voluminous docu-
mentation of don Diego de Torres and don Alonso de Silva. I am deeply
thankful to Bernardo for his patient scouring of the colonial notarial
registries of Santafé and Tunja. I am also deeply appreciative of the
hours of conversation I enjoyed with this team of dedicated young
scholars and the space for brainstorming and speculation they so en-
thusiastically created.
The bulk of the archival research in this book was conducted in Bo-
gotá. I am deeply thankful to the department of anthropology of the
Universidad Nacional de Colombia for giving me a home away from
home while I worked in the archives and to the Comisión Fulbright for
smoothing over all those unnerving bureaucratic barriers one encoun-
ters when dealing with residence in another country. My dear friends
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