I owe many people my gratitude. This book began at Yale,
where I benefited from the guidance and savoir- faire of my
advisor, Stuart Schwartz, and from the advice of teachers and
colleagues. I wrote my dissertation alongside Martin Ken-
ner, so that Andeans, Spaniards, and German- British bank-
ers walked side by side. Those who taught me the most about
the colonial Andes were Herbert Klein, Pedro Guibovich,
and Rolena Adorno, who invited me to her home and intro-
duced me to Guaman Poma and Cieza de León. President
Howard Lamar explained much to me at Mory’s. And the
person who helped me begin my career as an investigator
was Johnny Faragher, a true guide.
In Seville, I had the privilege of working at the Archivo
General de Indias, and enjoyed the resources of the Escuela
de Estudios Hispano- Americanos and its kind director Enri-
queta Vila Vilar. While there I received help and advice from
fellow researchers such as Tom Cummins, Gary Urton, Luis
Miguel Glave, Kristin Huffine, the late Sabine MacCormack,
Matt O’Hara, Peter Gose, Berta Ares, Chuck Walker, and es-
pecially David Cook and Sasha Cook. In Sucre, I enjoyed the
richness of the Archivo Nacional de Bolivia, and the oppor-
tunity to discuss my work with Josep Barnadas, Carmen Bea-
triz Loza, Ximena Medinaceli, and Tristan Platt. In Cocha-
bamba, I benefited from the erudition of scholar archivists at
the Archivo Departamental de Cochabamba, especially Susy
Portillo and Itala de Mamán, and the kindness of friends
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