Introduction : writing a history of father kings and colonial minors -- 1. A short history of minority in colonial Lima -- 2. Between the written and the real : child rearing and adult authority, 1650-1750 -- 3. Whether son or stranger : institutions for child rearing -- 4. Minor offenses : youth and crime in the eighteenth century -- 5. The colonial child reborn : reform and enlightenment in the late colonial period -- 6. The new politics of the child in the late colonial courts -- 7. The new politics of the slave child in the late colonial courts -- Conclusion : strange ties and interior fears -- App. A. Sample of the numeracion of 1700 -- App. B. Sample of notary contracts.