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Naming, Identifying and Authorizing Movement in Spain and Spanish America (17-18th centuries).

Because studies of pre-modern civil registration in Spain are practically nonexistent, most authors assuming that there is nothing to tell before the early nineteenth century-- what I would like to do in the following pages is to refer to two issues that would correspond to present day preoccupations, namely, controlling movement and identifying people in Spain and Spanish America. This presentation will be based mostly on primary research and, when possible, the use of secondary sources