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Adam W Warren
Seattle Campus

Colonial Society and the Negotiation of Rule in Latin America and the Caribbean

Examines the transition to Spanish and Portuguese rule in Latin America and the establishment, and eventual demise, of colonial systems linking Latin America to Europe and Africa. Asks how "colonized" groups mediated forms of colonial oppression and contributed to the development of colonial political culture.

Class description

This course examines the nature of colonialism in Latin America by focusing on the histories of societies formed through contact among indigenous peoples, European settlers, and African populations brought to the Americas through the Atlantic slave trade. Through readings and lectures on the Spanish colonies, Portuguese Brazil, and French Saint-Domingue (Haiti), we will ask how native peoples and enslaved Africans mediated the processes of colonial subjugation, collaborating, critiquing, and at times resisting or rebelling against various dimensions of the colonial project. Students will develop a greater understanding of how the experiences, actions, and contributions of colonial subjects led to the creation of regionally distinct, multi-faceted societies and cultures in Latin America. We will also pay particular attention to how colonial life changed over time in response to shifting practices of colonial rule. This course does not qualify for a "W."

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture with occasional discussion of readings.

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

Map quiz, two papers, midterm, final.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Adam W Warren
Date: 05/03/2010