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Razon de los toros que se han de lidiar en la Plaza del Acho. Lima, 1827.


Bullfights, taking place in the plazas of the cities of viceregal Peru, were a way for communities to celebrate important holidays while marking their own civic pride. Women and men of all races and classes assembled to watch, with the elite gathering at the windows and balconies of the proud buildings surrounding the plaza. This account of a bullfight advertised Lima’s continuing importance as the capital of newly independent Peru, which had been declared a republic in 1821.