Mellafe Rojas, Rolando
- Juan Eduardo Wolf
was born on 20 May 1929 in Santiago, Chile, to Rafael Mellafe Rodríguez and Axa Rojas Molina. He studied in the History Department of the Teaching Institute at the University of Chile, where he served as a teaching assistant to well-known historians Guillermo Feliú Cruz and Eugenio Pereira Salas. In 1958 he received his degree, producing a capstone project entitled La introducción de la esclavitud negra en Chile: tráfico y rutas (The Introduction of Black Slavery in Chile: Traffic and Routes). The project received the Miguel Cruchaga Tocornal prize from the Chilean Academy of History and was published the following year. A second facsimile edition appeared in 1984.
This work focused on the early period (1565–1615 of African slavery in Chile Mellafe framed his argument primarily in economic terms influenced by the French Annals School of History which emphasized integrating social science methods into the discipline He ...