This tutorial will show you how to use a Python open-source code to obtain and visualize descriptive statistics from a Spanish cedulario, or collection of royal decrees, from the early colonial Philippines (1565-1600). Any scholar or student interested in colonial Latin America’s legal history could use it to analyze data sets created in Microsoft Excel built upon similar primary sources.

Grade Level(s): Undergraduate; Graduate & Professional
Course Subject(s): Digital Scholarship

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics of performing an statistical analysis using Python 
  • Learn how to use Jupyter notebook and reutilize this source code to analyze similar data sets
  • Explore the fundamentals of data visualization
  • Explore the content of the Philippine cedulario located at the Benson Library


Tutorial | Dataset

Rights Statement

Creator(s): Abisai Perez, 2021 LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Fellow, Department of History
Date: 2021-06-23

This tutorial is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License (“Public License”). This license lets others share, remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as they credit the creators and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Performing Data Analysis of Spanish Colonial Law in the Philippines (Platform Tutorial)