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THE HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
On the 12th of October , Columbus, with his three caravels, set foot on American soil and this upset the Portuguese who forced through the Treaty of Tordesillas which divided the new territories between both powers. The Spanish language absorbed hundreds of Aztec words such as coyote, tomato or chocolate. Francisco Pizarro, the other great conqueror, started the conquest of the huge Inca Empire whose centre would be Peru nowadays in , taking advantage of a civil war between its leaders, the brothers Huascar and Atahualpa. Pizarro managed to capture the emperor Atahualpa and took the capital of Cuzco in , finishing his conquests in , as a consequence of which, words such as lancha boat , cancha court , puma, carpa tent and papa potato came into the Spanish language from Quechua, the Inca language. The Spanish territories were organized into viceroyalties under the common code called Indian law. In the colonies, two ethnic and cultural communities lived together: Indians, who were the rural workers, and Spaniards, who were the nobles from Spain.
From Columbus to Frida Kahlo, learn about the conquistadors, artists, revolutionaries, and everyday people who shaped the vast region known as Latin America. List Latin American Dictators. List 9 Facts About Quetzalcoatl. Article The Mexican Revolution. Article Emiliano Zapata and the Plan of Ayala. Article The Legend of El Dorado.
The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History brings together seventeen articles that survey the recent historiography of the colonial era, independence movements, and postcolonial periods. They begin by questioning the limitations and meaning of Latin America as a conceptual organization of space within the Americas and how the region became excluded from broader studies of the Western hemisphere. Subsequent articles address indigenous peoples of the region; rural and urban history; slavery and race; African, European, and Asian immigration; labor; gender and sexuality; religion; family and childhood; economics; politics; and disease and medicine. In so doing, they bring together traditional approaches to politics and power, while examining the quotidian concerns of workers, women and children, peasants, and racial and ethnic minorities. Keywords: colonial era , independence movements , postcolonial periods , Mexico , Spanish South America , Brazil , indigenous peoples , rural history , urban history , slavery. Jose C. Moya, editor Jose C.
This syllabus offers a guide to readings and additional sources from the standard text Modern Latin America, Eighth Edition Oxford, , written by Thomas E. Skidmore, Peter H.
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