History Department

Charles Beatty-Medina

Charles Beatty-Medina, Chairperson and Associate Professor, specializes in the history of Latin America, the African Diaspora, and the southern Atlantic and circum-Caribbean region. In addition to research at numerous U.S. archives and collections,  he has undertaken archival research in Ecuador, Spain, Colombia, and Mexico. His article, “Caught between Rivals: The Spanish-African Maroon Competition for Captive Indian Labor in the Region of Esmeraldas during the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries” forms part of The Americas journal special issue The African Diaspora in the Colonial Andes (edited by Ben Vinson III). Soon to be published is his article “Between the Cross and the Sword: Religious Conquest and Maroon Legitimacy in Colonial Esmeraldas,” in the forthcoming edited volume, Africans to Colonial Spanish America (edited by Sherwin K. Bryant, Rachel S. O’Toole, Ben Vinson III) with the University of Illinois Press. He is currently completing a book manuscript under contract with Penn State University Press entitled, The First Maroons: The True Description of Esmeraldas. From 2001 to 2003 he taught in the History and Literature program at Harvard University. In 2002, he completed his doctoral dissertation at Brown University under the direction of R. Douglas Cope and Thomas Skidmore. In 2006, Professor Beatty-Medina received the Woodrow Wilson-Mellon Mays Junior Faculty Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He is also a recipient of the J.M. Stuart Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island.

Professor Beatty-Medina teaches courses on the African experience in the Americas, Colonial Latin America, the Atlantic World, and Modern Latin American History.

Contact Information:

Office:  University Hall 5210-H
Phone: 419-530-5060
Email:   charles.beattymedina@utoledo.edu

A Selection of Professor Beatty-Medina's Publications:

Books in Progress

The First Maroons:  The True Description of Esmeraldas, editor and translator, Penn State University Press, Latin American Originals, general editor Matthew Restall. Submitted and under contract, for publication in 2010.

African Lords of the New World: Marronage, Native Resistance, and Spanish Authority in Colonial Quito, 1553-1650. Monograph based on my Ph.D. dissertation, in progress, expected date of completion August, 2010.

Scholarly Articles

“Between the Cross and the Sword: Religious Conquest and Maroon Legitimacy in sixteenth and early seventeenth century Esmeraldas.” Book Chapter in Africans to Colonial Spanish America, eds. Sherwin K. Bryant, Rachel S. O’Toole, Ben Vinson III. Forthcoming with the University of Illinois Press in 2010.

“Fray Alonso de Espinosa’s Report on Pacifying the Fugitive Slaves of the Pacific Coast.” Book chapter in Documenting Latin America: Gender and Race, Empire and Nation, eds. Leo Garofalo and Erin O’Conner. Forthcoming with Prentice Hall Publishers in 2010.

“Alonso de Illescas: African, Ladino, and Maroon Leader in 16th century colonial Ecuador.” Book Chapter in The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic 1500-2000, eds. Beatriz Gallotti Mamigonian and Karen Racine. Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.

“Letter from Don Alonso de Illescas from the province of Esmeraldas.” Book chapter in Afro-Latin Voices, eds. Kathryn McKnight and Leo Garofalo. Hackett, 2009.

"Caught between Rivals: The Spanish-African Maroon Competition for Captive Labor in the Region of Esmeraldas During the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries," The Americas 63, no. 1 (2006): 113-36.

"El retrato de los cimarrones de Esmeraldas,” in Ecuador~España: historia y perspectiva, edited by María Elena Porras and Pedro Calvo-Sotelo, 18-21: Embajada de España en el Ecuador, Archivo Histórico del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Ecuador, 2001.

Websites for students of Latin American History:

Lanic- http://lanic.utexas.edu/ - Perhaps the most comprehensive site for Latin American Studies in the United States. Produced by the University of Texas at Austin, Lanic provides links to websites by Country, Topic, and Discipline.

Internet Resources for Latin America - http://lib.nmsu.edu/subject/bord/laguia/ - Provided by New Mexico State University, This excellent Webguide provides links to many current-events publications, portals, and a plethora of related sites from the IMF to the Human Rights Library.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas:  A Visual Record - http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/index.php - a unique resource. This site contains images from every region of the Atlantic slave trade and charts the development and history of slavery in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

Handbook of Latin American Studies - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/hlashome.html- The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook - http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook08.html - Produced by Fordham University, this site contains many primary documents of Colonial, 19th, and 20th century Latin America grouped according to country, period, and topic.

Research Sites for Latin American History - http://legacy.ncsu.edu/classes/hi300001/bkmarks.htm - Created and maintained by Professor of Latin American History, Dr. Richard Slatta, at North Carolina State University, this site provides a great set of reference links. In addition you can find Dr. Slatta's selection of websites that will take you to some very good essays on Modern Mexican History, Revolution in Latin America, Liberation Theology, Human Rights, the Arts in Latin America, and much more.

Real Academia Española - http://www.rae.es/rae.html - A resource of inestimable value.  This site includes a database of early Spanish language usage and an Internet version of the Diccionario de Autoridades of 1726.

H-Latam - http://www.h-net.org/~latam/ - A very good current source guide for academics engaged in Latin American studies. Students can search the Discussion Logs on specific topics.

Dissertation Abstracts (Digital Dissertations) - http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/ - Index to doctoral dissertations and master's theses from North America and Europe. Includes or has links to full text: a great place to find out what researchers on Latin America are doing right now.

Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library -http://www.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/colamer.html – This site provides an excellent selection of maps for the Atlantic Americas. The Rare maps of the 16th – 18th centuries are very good: in many cases providing both geographic and social data.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection - http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/americas.html - This site provides a wide-array of current maps of Latin America. Look in the historical map section for excellent sites with maps of different parts of Latin America in addition to world maps dating back to the sixeenth-century.

PARES-Portal de Archivos Españoles- http://pares.mcu.es/ - While it has some limitations, this is the best off-site method for examining documents of various Spanish archives. The most important, for Latin Americanists, being the Archivo General de Indias.

New Advent - http://www.newadvent.org/  - Contains the Catholic Encyclopedia, and extremely useful source for information on religious life in Europe and Latin America.


Last Updated: 6/8/18