Colonial Latin America, 1500-1824
This class is an introduction to the history of Latin America from the pre-conquest period to independence. The class covers the societies and states of the Americas and the Iberian peninsula before 1492, the conquest of the Americas, the formation of the Spanish and Portuguese imperial systems, colonial societies and economies, the African slave trade and slavery in the Americas, the wars for independence, and the legacies of colonialism in Latin America. Requirements for the class include two mid-term exams and one final exam. Exams will be short-essay format.