This course will survey the history of Latin America from pre-Columbian times through the wars for independence at the beginning of the 19th century. The course seeks to explain the development of a multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual society in Latin America by studying the cultures of pre-Columbian and Iberian societies, the complexities of the interaction between these different cultures as they “met in the Americas” and the historical processes through which new cultures evolved. Some of the major topics that will be discussed include Amerindian culture, the encounter between Europeans and Amerindians (otherwise known as the Conquest), the rise and fall of colonial empires and colonial society, and the civil wars of independence. 


4 sh

Course Types

Art History Elective; Latin America Studies Elective; Advanced Studies; IGS: Latin America Regional Concentration; Poverty and Social Justice Elective; Non-US History; African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History; International Business Regional Area Course


Offered fall.

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