Colonial Spanish Americas society

Colonial Spanish Americas society was complex and fluid. Even though state and churchs
norms tried to define social roles, many other elements, such as race, wealth, honor, and gender
shaped men and womens behavior. Beyond the limits set by social status and gender, there was
always room for deviation and alternative paths of living. There was risk on pursuing this kind of
deviated life, but many took the chances.
Restall and Lane offers examples of individuals that deviated from social norms. Many were able
to avoid harsh punishment, while others lost their lives because of their transgressions. In the
case of Catalina de Erauso, she trespassed gender and social norms, dressing like a man,
gambling, and even murdering people. However, once her real identity was exposed, she became
a heroine rather than an outcast or sinner. Why was Catalina de Eraso able to avoid punishment,
and even obtained a royal reward? What social elements were on her favor that allowed her to
get a successful outcome? Would other women, from different racial or social origin, have the
same fate?
Use Arial or Times New Roman fonts, 12pts, double-spaced. Put a creative title to your paper.
This should have a clear and strong thesis statement, which goes at the end of the introduction
paragraph. Provide examples from the material provided (you cant use additional materials).
You must cite your references and include a bibliography at the end of your paper in Chicago
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Sources Required
  • Michelle Stepto, and Gabriel Stepto, Lieutenant Nun (Links to an external site.). Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996. link:
  • Mathew Restall, and Kris Lane. Latin America in Colonial Latin America (Links to an external site.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, 214-232. link:


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