History | Colonial Latin America
H665 | 9871 | Guardino

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with CULS-C 701

Latin America had the world's longest experience with colonialism,
which in some areas of Latin America lasted from 1500 almost to
1900.  It was the first place where Native Americans met Europeans,
and their often violent and exploitative but also creative contact
helped shape distinct multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies.
Latin America had both the earliest and most prolonged experience
with African-American slavery.

This course will examine the period from pre-Columbian times to
roughly 1870.  We will consider 1)Europeans' violent conquest of
indigenous societies and subsequent efforts to impose Christianity
and other cultural values on the conquered even as they exploited
them economically; 2)the continuing and partially successful efforts
of Native Americans to resist or modify European cultural and
economic impositions; 3)the introduction and expansion of African
labor, the experiences and resistance of African Americans, and the
eventual end of African slavery in Latin America; 4)Spanish and
Portuguese colonial institutions; 5)gender in colonial Latin
American societies; 6)the circumstances and social movements which
separated Latin American countries from Spain and Portugal in the
nineteenth century; and 7)the efforts of Latin Americans of diverse
social groups to build stable and equitable societies in the new

We will read fourteen books and a few articles.  Students will give
two oral presentations, write two review essays, prepare a mock
research proposal and invent an original syllabus.