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Author Interview: Spanish Colonial Women In The Borderlands


For women living on the frontier of New Spain around 1800 – life was tough. But, these Spanish Colonial women were afforded more rights than you might think. To learn more about what can be known about these women’s lives, faith, and economic power through their wills, Texas Public Radio's Virginia Alvino spoke to Amy Porter. She’s an associate professor of history at Texas A&M San Antonio, and author of the book Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Borderlands 1750-1846


Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015. Prior to hosting and producing Fronteras for TPR, she worked at WBOI in Indiana to report on often overlooked stories in the community. Virginia began her reporting career at the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting.