Latin American Studies | The Latin American Experience
L300 | 3715 | A. Diaz

Above section carries culture studies credit
Above section meets with HIST H211

NOTE: LTAM L300 and L301 are the core requirements for both the Minor
and the Area Certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Visit or send an e-mail to for
more information.
This course is part one of a two-course sequence on the history of
Latin America from pre-conquest times to the present.  It will
survey the history of Latin America from its first inhabitation to
the independence period in the nineteenth century.  Six major themes
will be addressed:  the development of the great Amerindian
civilizations, the encounter between Europeans and Amerindians, the
making of a colonial society in Spanish America and Brazil, the
struggles leading to the collapse of colonial rule, and the civil
wars of independence.  The overriding concern of this survey is to
provide an understanding of how the complex interaction between the
different cultures that met in the Americas shaped these colonial
societies, and how some elements of this legacy persisted and/or
were transformed by different social groups before and after
independence.  This knowledge of colonial Latin America will help us
interpret and understand first-hand accounts of this period, pivotal
skills that we should cultivate in order to critically analyze any
current event in Latin America, the United States or the rest of the

Readings include a textbook by Mark A. Burkholder and Lyman L.
Johnson, "Colonial Latin America" (3rd edition), and Aztec account
of the conquest (The Broken Spears), a collection of documents
(Kenneth Mills and William B. Taylor, Colonial Spanish America:  A
Documentary History) and a course packet.  Documentaries and films
are also part of the course materials.  Studentsí learning will be
evaluated through three essay exams and in-class written exercises.