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Undergraduate Degree Programs

History (HIST)

HIST 178 (GH;IL) Latin-American History to 1820 (3) Conquest of the New World, development of colonial institutions, impact on native cultures, and origins of independence movements.

HIST 178 Latin-American History to 1820 (3)
(GH;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The "Colonial Latin America" class is a survey of three centuries, from the initial encounter on New World soil of Iberian, African, and native cultures and races, to the birth of independent culturally- and racially-mixed nations. Our emphasis is on the patterns of conquest and cultural encounter, the processes of colonial rule, the nature of interaction between social groups, and on the cultural impact of the colonial experience upon all colonial Latin America's peoples. We study the institutions, cultures, attitudes, and fortunes of Spaniards and Portuguese; African slaves and free blacks; Nahuas and Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. We discover the roles played in colonial society by a wide variety of peoples, from an African slave on a Brazilian sugar plantation to a Spanish high society woman in Lima to the black and native workers in an Ecuadorian tannery to an Aztec nobleman in Mexico City. The people who lived in colonial Latin America are given a chance to speak for themselves as much as possible; most of the assigned books feature contemporary documents translated from Spanish, Portuguese, and various native languages. Students are evaluated on two sets of essay exams and write a paper, as well as participation in classroom discussion. History 178 is offered most years with 90 seats per offering and is a prequel (but not a prerequisite) to History 179, the "Modern Latin America" class often taught the semester following; both classes are required for the Latin American Studies major, as well as meeting various History major requirements.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.