This paper centers on a 1643 map of Cuzco, Peru, using it as window onto broader social and spatial practices in the seventeenth-century colonial city. Prepared as evidence in a lawsuit between two indigenous parishes over boundaries and jurisdiction, the map and accompanying documents are held today in the Archivo Arzobispal in Lima, Peru. Previous scholarship on the map has described it and stressed its status as the earliest known visual representation of colonial Cuzco, but has not considered it in relation to the unpublished documents with which it so closely tied. This paper reads the map and its accompanying texts against the backdrop of the late-sixteenth century spatial organization of Cuzco and emphasizes the nexus of spirituality, property, and space of which they are evidence.
Prof. Schreffler's lecture is funded by the Philip Fehl Memorial Lecture fund, the Family and Friends of Rosemary Coffey yearly lecture funds, the School of Art+Design Visitors Series, and the Latin American Caribbean Studies Ibero-American Visualities Lecture funds.