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HIST 040. Colonialism in Latin America. 4 Units.

Tracing the gruesome experiences of members of a Maya village at the hands of their colonizers, the film Apocalito aptly ends at the first sighting of Spanish arrival, but not without leaving the viewer with the sense that things will never be the same again. Indeed, colonial rule forever changed the lives of Indians, Africans and Spaniards in the Americas. This course covers the history of Mesoamerica and colonial Latin America from pre-Columbian times to Independence in the 1820s. Students consider the political, economic, religious, and cultural history of the Viceroyalty of New Spain (present-day Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean) and the Viceroyalty of Peru (the Andes), with a limited discussion of Portuguese colonies. The class focuses on the social relationships between the three dominant racial groups, Indigenous, African and European. (GE1C)