This admirably researched, soundly (if at times tentatively) argued, and competently written book began as a 1996 dissertation at the University of Salamanca, where the author now teaches. It is based on a wealth of archival materials culled from the Archivo General de Indias (Seville), the Archivo Histórico Nacional (Madrid), and the Archivo General de Centro América (Guatemala City). The author demonstrates an equally impressive command of the relevant secondary literature (published and unpublished) in Spanish, French, and English from both sides of the Atlantic. In it, José Manuel Santos Pérez essays a prosopographical study of the approximately 40 cabildo members of Santiago de Guatemala (and to a much lesser extent, Guatemala City) who served between 1698 and 1787. He clearly emulates, and provides a sequel to, Stephen Webre’s important 1980 Tulane University dissertation, which studied the cabildo members of seventeenth-century Santiago in...

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