Introduction : why is it enlightenment? -- Agents and powers : litigants and writers in the courts -- Derecho and law : legal enlightenment in philosophy and policy -- Numbers and values : counting cases in the Spanish empire -- Pleitos and lawsuits : conjugal conflicts in civil courts -- Then and now : native status and custom -- Being and becoming : freedom and slave lawsuits -- Conclusion : why not enlightenment? -- Appendix I. Archival methods -- Appendix II. Analysis of civil litigation over time
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