Catalogue 2012 - 2013

HIST 270 Colonial Latin American History


3 cr.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the history of the Spanish and Portuguese possessions in America from just before the Europeans' arrival to independence (1400-1830). We will examine the major themes of pre-colonial and colonial Latin American history, including: the encounter between Old and New World societies; the transformation of indigenous economic, social, political, and religious structures; the creation of new political and economic institutions; the development of a new international economy; and the shifting racial, political, and social identities that developed in the wake of European settlement of areas with large and complex preexisting populations. Through readings, lectures, and discussions, we will consider how different groups approached and experienced the drastic changes that came with the colonization of Latin America. We will also ask how new groups and new relationships of power developed as a result of those changes.