Adam W Warren
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.
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.
Class assignments and grading
Map quiz, two papers, midterm, final.