Animals have played a central role in Latin American history. They have been consumed as meat, hunted for their fur and fleeces, converted into luxury commodities, employed in religious rituals and medicine, cherished as domestic pets, and even married in mock religious ceremonies! From the llamas sacrificed to the sun by the Incas to the dogs and horses of the Spanish conquistadores, animals have shaped the cultural, social, and economic development of Latin America and have left an indelible imprint on human societies. Centering Animals offers engaging insight into the manifold contributions of animals to Latin American history, making a timely and valuable addition to the growing field of animal studies.

As its title suggests, Centering Animals shifts nonhuman animals from the margins of Latin American history to the center and asks “what Latin American histories look like if we choose as...

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