Librería Laberinto (San Juan, Puerto Rico) recently highlighted a new book by Francisco Moscoso, Cacicazgos en el Caribe y el continente americano [Chiefdoms in the Caribbean and the American Continent] published by Ediciones Puerto (2019). The book offers an introductory essay to the concept of cacicazgos and a historical study of three cases that share basic socioeconomic and political structures: Taínos, Nicaraos, and Muiscas.
Description: What were the cacicazgos? The term was coined at the beginning of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century Caribbean to designate the indigenous chiefdoms over their territories and people. Later, cacicazgos became an important theoretical concept to identify a historical moment of transition from tribal society to the beginning stages of social classes and state. The book presents three cases that—although they exist in different geographical environments—share many elements in their basic socioeconomic and political structures: the Tainos of the Caribbean islands, the Nicarao of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and the Muiscas of Colombia. This study also discusses diverse historiographical perspectives on cacicazgos.
[Description translated by Ivette Romero. See the original (in Spanish) at https://treepeoplecompany.com/products/cacicazgos-en-el-caribe-y-continente-americano]