A Bullet for Señor Cobos

Anarchy in the Galapagos


  • Ross W. Jamieson Simon Fraser University




Historical Archaeology, Plantation, Firearms, Anarchy, Penal Colony


From 1878-1904 the El Progreso Hacienda was run by Manuel J. Cobos on the island of San Cristóbal in the Galapagos. Cobos was shot by his own workers in 1904. This paper explores the relationship between anarchy, banditry, and modern firearms in this unique rural setting at the turn of the 20th century.


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Author Biography

Ross W. Jamieson, Simon Fraser University

Ross Jamieson is an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. With a focus on identity, material culture, and colonialism, Ross has worked on archaeological projects in Ecuador through most of his career. Address for correspondence: Dept. of Archaeology, SFU, 8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, Canada.


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How to Cite

Jamieson, R. W. (2019). A Bullet for Señor Cobos: Anarchy in the Galapagos. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 5(2), 268–275. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.33579



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