Professor Linda Newson

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Professor Linda Newson
Institute of Latin American Studies
Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
020 7862 8868
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Early Modern
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Latin America and the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period; the impact of colonial rule on indigenous societies; the Portuguese slave trade to Spanish America; and the history of medicine in early colonial Spanish America.

Spoken Written
Spanish Good Good
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
02-Apr-2018 Piety, beeswax and the Portuguese African slave trade to Lima, Peru, in the early colonial period

Journal articles

Atlantic Studies


05-Sep-2017 Review of García Loaeza, Pablo and Victoria L. Garrett eds. (2015) The Improbable Conquest: Sixteenth-Century Letters from the Río de la Plata.


Bulletin of Latin American Research Volume 36, Issue 4 Pages 546-547

01-Sep-2017 Making Medicines in Early Colonial Lima, Peru: Apothecaries, Science and Society


Leiden, Brill

01-Nov-2016 The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima: Science, Race, and Writing in Colonial and Early Republican Peru. By José R. Jouve Martín


Hispanic American Historical Review

01-Nov-2016 Review of Before the Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories


Renaissance Quarterly 69, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 1496-1498.

01-Oct-2016 Matthew James Crawford. The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630–1800.


From: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences - Volume 71, Number 4, October 2016 pp. 471-473

01-Apr-2016 Review of John Slater, Mar?´aluz Lopez-Terrada and Jose´ Pardo-Tomas, eds, Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire, Ashgate: Farnham, 2014


in European History Quarterly 2016, Vol. 46(2)

01-Aug-2015 Review of Celia Cussen, Black Saint of the Americas: the Life and Afterlife of Martin de Porres


Journal of Latin American Studies 47 (595-96)

27-Apr-2015 The Longue Durée in Filipino Demographic History: The Role of Fertility prior to 1800


In Environment, Trade and Society in Southeast Asia: A Longue Durée Perspective, edited by David Henley and Henk Schulte Nordholt, pp. 78-95. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

10-Oct-2014 Report on the State of UK-based research on Latin America and the Caribbean. London: Institute of Latin American Studies

Edited Book

edited with Antoni Kapcia

01-Jan-2014 Review of Laura E. Matthew, Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012


 Journal of Historical Geography vol 43 (2014): 184-185

01-Nov-2013 Review of City Indians in Spain’s American Empire: Urban Indigenous Society in Colonial Mesoamerica and Andean South America, 1530-1810 (Brighton, Sussex Academic Press, 2012)


Journal of Latin American Studies 45(4): 821-22

01-Sep-2013 La travesía final. El tráfico esclavista desde Cartagena de indias al Perú a inicios del siglo XVII


 Nueva corónica 2 (July 2013): 641-78

01-Aug-2013 The slave trading accounts of Manoel Batista Peres, 1613-1619: double-entry bookkeeping in cloth money,


Accounting History 18(3): 343-365.

01-Aug-2012 Bartering for Slaves on the Upper Guinea Coast in the Early Seventeenth Century


 Brokers of Change: Atlantic Commerce and Cultures in Pre-Colonial Western Africa. Toby Green ed., pp.257-282. London: British Academy/OUP

01-Mar-2012 Africans and Luso-Africans in the Portuguese Slave Trade on the Upper Guinea Coast in the Early Seventeenth Century


 Journal of African History 53(1): 1-24

01-Jan-2011 Conquest and Pestilence in the Early Spanish Philippines.

2009 Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. 420 pp. (Philippine edition, Ateneo University Press, 2011)

01-Jan-2009 Mexico City through History and Culture.

2009 (edited with John P. King) London: British Academy/OUP.

01-Jan-2007 From Capture to Sale: The Portuguese Slave Trade to Spanish South America in the Early Seventeenth Century

2007 (with Susie Minchin) Brill, Leiden. 372 pp.

01-Jan-1995 Patterns of Life and Death in Early Colonial Ecuador

1995 Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press. 505 pp.

01-Jan-1987 Indian Survival in Colonial Nicaragua

1987 University of Oklahoma Press. 466pp. Published in Spanish as Supervivencia indígena en la Nicaragua colonial. Managua: LeaGrupo Editorial, in press.

01-Jan-1986 The Cost of Conquest: Indian Societies in Honduras under Spanish Rule Boulder

1986 Westview Press. 375 pp. Published in Spanish as El costo de la conquista. Tegucigalpa: Guaymuras Press, 1992.

01-Jan-1976 Aboriginal and Spanish Colonial Trinidad: A Study in Culture Contact

1976 London and New York: Academic Press. 354 pp.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 01-Jan-2015
Until: 31-Dec-2018
Materiality and Production of Hispanic American Books

Jose Luis Guevara Salamanca

Antoine René Larcher, his ‘Project of expedition to Salvador (Brazil) 1797’ and the global competition for the South Atlantic

Marilia Arantes Silva Moreira

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Latin America Bureau
Canning House
Latin American and Caribbean Panel at the British Academy Chair


Name Type Activity Start date End date
Journal of Latin American Studies Editorial Board 2012
Journal of Historical Geography Editorial Board 2006
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
24-May-2018 Latin American Studies in the UK

LASA conference in Barcelona

17-Nov-2017 The Cultural Legacy of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America

ILAS conference

01-Aug-2017 Apothecaries and Native Materia Medica in Early Colonial Lima, Peru

Nature and medicine conference at FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janiero

07-Apr-2017 Pierty, beeswax and the African slave trade to Peru in the early colonial period

Society of Latin American Studies annual conference, Glasgow

01-Mar-2014 Experimentation and innovation in early modern Peruvian medicine.

 American Society for Environmental History, San Francisco

01-Nov-2013 Experimentation and innovation in early modern Peruvian medicine.

 Queens University, Belfast

01-Oct-2013 Variaciones geográficas en la dieta de los esclavos africanos: la herencia del Viejo Mundo y los destinos del Nuevo Mundo en el periodo colonial temprano.

 University of Oviedo, Spain

01-Jan-2012 Materia medica, boticarios and the medicine trade in Lima in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries

54th International Congress of Americanists, Vienna

01-Jan-2011 Fertility: A neglected dimension of demographic change in the pre- and early Spanish Philippines

KILTV, Leiden

01-Jan-2011 Medical Practice in Spain and Early Spanish America: the role of apothecaries

Queen’s University, Belfast.

01-Jan-2010 Conquest and Pestilence in the Early Spanish Philippines

International Economic History Conference, Amsterdam

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