Historians have analysed the document for what it tells us about the politics of early eighteenth-century New Granada, but rarely for the insight if offers into the circulation of news and information in northern South America and across the Spanish Atlantic. Yet, the letter describes a network of witches that spanned the Spanish world with branches in Madrid, the Spanish Caribbean, various parts of New Granada, Quito and Peru and retells how news of the events in Santa Fe reached different members of the group and what the Spanish authorities in their towns and provinces had learned. By reading the letter from this perspective, this paper explores how early eighteenth-century New Granadans conceptualized the geographical context within which ‘local’ news circulated, their assumptions about the timing and reliability of communications with Spain and the means through which information reached different parts of the Spanish world.
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