J. Pablo Silva  
Spring Semester 2011
History 201. Colonial Latin America

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Syllabus

Week 2: January 31
Week 3: february 7
Week 4: February 14
Week 5: February 21
Week 6: February 28
Week 7:March 7
Week 8: March 14
Week 9: April 4
Week 10:April 11
Week 11: April 18
Week 12: April 25
Week 13:May 2
Week 14: May 9

Required Texts

Assignments

Research Paper

Exams

Grading

 

 

Part 1. The Conquest (weeks 1-3)
Monday, 24 January
Why colonize?
  Introduction &
1. Santa Fe Capitulations, 1492.
2. Granada Capitulations, 1492.
3. Columbus' Letter.
4. Warrant for a Second Voyage, 1493.
5. The Response in Europe, 1493-94. All Combined in one PDF on Blackboard.
   
Wednesday, 26 January
What were the First Responses?
  1. Inter Caetera, 1493.
2. The Treaty of Tordesillas, 1494.
3. Instruction to Columbus, 1497.
4. Instructions for the Government of the Indies, 1501.
5. Decree on Indian Labor, 1503. All Combined in one PDF on Blackboard.
   
Friday, 28 January
How Did the Spanish Adjust?
  1. Antonio Montesinos, "Advent Sermon," 1511.
2. Royal Response to the Sermon of Antonio Montesinos, 1512.
3. Palacios Rubios, "The Requirement," or Requerimiento, 1512.
4. Laws of Burgos, 1512-13. All Combined in one PDF on Blackboard.

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Monday, 31 January
How did things play out in the Caribbean?
 

1. General Repartimiento of 1514.
2. Alonso de Zuazo. "State of the Indies."
#1 and #2 Are Combined in one PDF on Blackboard.
3. Cook, "In the Path of the Hurricane," on e-reserve.

   
Wednesday, 2 February
How did the Conquest of Mexico Draw on the Caribbean?
  1. Fernández de Oviedo on the Conquistadores. On Blackboard.
2. Victors and Vanquished, pp. 29-78.
   
Friday, 4 February
Who were the Players in Mexico?
  Victors and Vanquished, pp. 79-126.
Map Quiz

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Week 3
Monday, 7 February
How did Cortes Proceed?
  Victors and Vanquished, pp. 127-181.
   
Wednesday, 9 February
How did the Conquest Come About and what were its implications?
  Victors and Vanquished, pp. 182-243.
   
Friday, 11 February
What Happened in Peru?
  Diamond, e-reserve.
Friday, 11 February
Paper Topics are Due.

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Part 2. Debating the Conquest (weeks 4-6)
Week 4  
Monday, 14 February
How bad was the Conquest?
  Las Casas, The Devastation of the Indies.
   
Wednesday, 16 February
Did the Spaniards Care?
  1. The New Laws. On Blackboard.
2. Francisco López de Gómora, "The Viceroy Announces the New Laws in Peru."
3. Gonzalo Pizarro, "Letter to Pedro de Valdivia."
4. Garcilaso de la Vega, "The Death of Gonzalo Pizarro."2-4 Are Combined in one PDF on Blackboard.
   
Friday, 18 February
What were Native Americans Doing?
  Stern, "Post-Incaic Alliances," e-reserves.

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Week 5  
Monday, 21 February
How should we understand the Conquest?
 

Restall, Seven Myths, up through p. 63.

   
Wednesday, 23 February
How should we understand the Conquest?
 

Restall, Seven Myths, pp. 64-99.

   
Friday, 25 February
How should we understand the Conquest?
  Restall, Seven Myths, pp. 100-157.

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Part 3. Early Colonial Society (weeks 6-8)
Week 6  
Monday, 28 February
Early Colonial Society: How did Spaniards Relate?From Conquest to Colony: Potosi as the Motor of the New Colonial Economy
 

Catalina Erauso, Lieutenant Nun.

   
Wednesday, 2 March
From Conquest to Colony: Potosi as the Motor of the New Colonial Economy
  1. Primary Sources on Potosí. On Blackboard.
2. Cole, "The Potosí Mita," e-reserve.
   
Friday, 4 March
Why was Potosí Important to Spain?
 

Stein and Stein, "Financing Empire," e-reserve.
Parker, "David or Goliath," e-reserve.

Friday, 4 March
Paper Bibliographies are due. Remember to include a title page.

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Week 7  
Monday, 7 March
Why was Potosí Important to Latin America?
 
Larson, "The Emergence of a Market Economy," e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 9 March
Colonial Material Culture?
  Bauer, e-reserve.
   
Friday, 11 March
Early Colonial Religion?
  1. Boyer, "Spiritual and Physical Ecstasies," pp. 77-100,
2. Boyer, "On her deathbed,"166-77.
3. Santa Rosa de Lima, On Blackboard.

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Week 8  
Monday, 14 March
Early Colonial Government: What were the Goals of the Colonial State?
 

John Lynch, The Institutional Framework.

   
Wednesday, 16 March
How did Spaniards Keep Order?
  Kellogg, "Hegemony out of Conquest," On Blackboard.
   
Friday, 18 March
What have you learned?
  Midterm.
Friday, 18 March

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Spring Break, 19 March to 3 April

Part 4. Exploitation and Profit (weeks 9-10)
Week 9  
Monday, 4 April
How Does Slavery fit in?
  Curtin, "The Tropical Atlantic," e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 6 April
How was sugar produced?
  Schwartz, "Safra," e-reserve.
   
Friday, 8 April
What was slavery like?
  Mattoso, e-reserve and e-reserve.

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Week 10  
Monday, 11 April
How About Slavery in Spanish America?
 

Bryant, "A Classic Slave Society, Popayan."

   
Wednesday, 13 April
How Did Slavery Compare to Other Forms of Exploitation?
 

Handout on Indian Labor.
Boyer, pp. 11-17, 101-11.
Boyer, 141-54, 249-68, 279-93.

   
Friday, 15 April
What Makes Sugar Slavery Distinctive?
  Tadman, The Demographic cost of sugar.
Friday, 15 April

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Part 5. The Transformation and Dissolution of Colonial Society (weeks 11-12)
Week 11  
Monday, 18 April
How did Colonial Society Change?
  Boyer, pp. 130-140, 155-65.
Seed, To Love Honor and Obey, pp. 1-60.
   
Wednesday, 20 April
How did Colonial Society Change?
  Seed, pp. 61-122.
   
Friday, 22 April
How did Colonial Society Change?
  Seed, pp. 123-157.

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Week 12  
Monday, 25 April
Why did Society Change?
  Maxwell, "A Southern Perspective."
   
Wednesday, 27 April
Why did Society Change?
  Juan & Ulloa, Handout.
Campbell, The Spanish Empire in America.
 

 

Friday, 29 April
What were the implications of these changes?
  Seed, pp. 161-241.
Boyer, pp. 216-248.
Friday, 29 April Introductions are Due. Remember to include a title page and your previous stages.

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Week 13  
Monday, 2 May
Was the cure worse than the disease?
 

McFarlane, "Rebellions in Spanish America."

   
Wednesday, 4 May
How did the problems show up?
  Andrien, The Economic Crisis, Taxes...
Boyer, pp. 178-84, 201-215.
   
Friday, 6 May
What was the Situation in Slave Societies?
  Andrews, excerpt from "[Afro-Latin America in] 1800," e-reserve.

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Week 14  
Monday, 9 May
What was the Impact of Revolution?
  Geggus, "The Haitian Revolution on Latin America," e-reserve.
   
Wednesday, 11 May
How did independence come about?
  Boyer, pp. 294-308.
1. Lynch.
   
Friday, 13 May
What have you learned?
  Conclusion and Review.
   
Thursday, 19 May

Final Exam is at 2 PM. Final Draft is Due. Remember to include a title page and all your previous drafts.

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