chapter  7
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Unacquainted with the Laws of the Civilized World

If Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s El primer nueva coronicay buen gobiemo was the seventeenth century’s greatest literary subversion of Spanish colo­ nialism, the eighteenth-century prize for the most rebellious book on native history belongs to a Milenese nobleman, Lorenzo Boturini Benaducci. After leaving a war-torn Italy in 1733, Boturini visited England, Portugal, and Spain, where he went on a long pilgrimage and decided to visit Mexico to learn more about the cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe.