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When Words Collide: Narratives of Conquest

ANTH 304
Spring 2019 not offered
Crosslisting: LAST 314
Certificates: International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Muslim Studies, International Relations
Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor

On April 21, 1519, Hernán Cortés, 550 Spanish soldiers and sailors, and 16 horses (the first to tread on the American continent) dropped anchor near the island of San Juan de Ulúa, off the coast of Mexico. The chain of events that this arrival set into motion culminated in the conquest of Mexico and Spanish colonization of Latin America. But there are many sides to any story. Often, one is celebrated, retold, and written down--it becomes history. Intentionally or unintentionally, others are suppressed, obscured, or forgotten. In this course, we will use primary and secondary sources, including written and pictorial documents, to compare multiple sides of this particular story: Spaniards' accounts of conquests in Mexico and Guatemala and various indigenous narratives of these invasions.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)

Last Updated on JUN-20-2024
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