Latin America in Colonial Times

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Few milestones in human history are as dramatic and momentous as the meeting of three great civilizations on American soil in the sixteenth century. Latin America in Colonial Times presents that story in an engaging but scholarly new package, revealing how a new civilization - Latin America - emerged from that encounter. The authors give equal attention to the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors and settlers, to the African slaves they brought across the Atlantic, and to the indigenous peoples whose lands were invaded. From the dawn of empires in the fifteenth century, through the conquest age of the sixteenth, to the end of empire in the nineteenth, Latin America in Colonial Times combines broad brush strokes with the anecdotal details that bring the era to life.

Author Biography

Matthew Re.Stall is Edwin Erie Sparks Professor of Latin American History at Pennsylvania State University. Kris Lane is France V. Scholes Chair of Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and In Focus Boxesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface: The Colonial Cruciblep. xiii
Before the Great Encounterp. 1
Native Americap. 3
Castile and Portugalp. 19
Atlantic Africap. 33
The Long Conquestp. 47
The Iberian Imperial Dawnp. 51
Native American Empiresp. 67
The Chain of Conquestp. 85
The Incomplete Conquestp. 109
The Colonial Middlep. 129
Native Communitiesp. 133
Black Communitiesp. 151
The Religious Renaissancep. 175
Defining Deviancyp. 193
Daily Life in City and Countryp. 209
The Age of Changep. 233
War and Reformp. 235
Late-Colonial Lifep. 255
Independencep. 275
Conclusion: The Latin American Puzzlep. 293
Indexp. 295
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