This book surveys Latin American and Caribbean women's contributions throughout history from conquest through the 20th century. Latin American and Caribbean women played many key roles in the building of their nations and societies, not just in cultural aspects related to family and culture, but also in work, religion, law, politics, and war. Unfortunately, their contributions are not often recognized. From the colonial period to the present day, women across the Caribbean and Latin America were an intrinsic part of the advancement of society and helped determine the course of history. This volume highlights their varied and important roles over five centuries of time, providing geographical breadth and ethnic diversity to the Women's Roles Through History series. Women's roles are the focus of all six chapters, covering themes that include religion, family, law, politics, culture, and labor. Each section provides specific examples of real-life women throughout history, providing readers with an overview of Latin American women's history that pays special attention to continuity across regions and variances over time and geography.