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Latin America

Latin America

  History is written with surviving documents – how do the documents that historians use to write the early history of Atlantic exploration and “discovery” affect our understanding of this moment?  What accounts do we have that tell us about the experience and intentions of explorers and conquerors – and what accounts do we have about how they were received by indigenous populations? How do mid colonial documents illustrate how radical the changes were between first contact and the establishment of colonial society? 


 Chicago style, 600 words


Primary source:

These two primary sources convey some of what the very early European explorers wrote about what they experienced on their voyages. The radically different contents of the letter have much to do with to whom the letters were addressed, and who each of the authors were and what the expectations of each were



Secondary sources: