Level: 1

Semester: 2

Prerequisite: None


Course Description:

The themes include the earliest Americans; the Agricultural Revolution and its impact; Amerindian civilisations before the European conquests; Aboriginal demography c. 1500; Iberian exploration, conquest and colonization in the 16th century; the church and colonial society; the colonization of Brazil; the genesis of African slavery in Spanish America and Brazil;  international relations in the 16th and early 17th centuries; England and France in America to 1650; white servitude and black slavery in the Americas; the formation of the British and French New World empires 1650 – 1700; the colonial world in the Americas c. 1700; comparative slave systems in the Americas to 1750; the frontier in New France, Anglo-America and Brazil; the process of creolization; the start of the movement for Independence in the Americas.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Extensively examining the culture of the different groups of indigenous peoples
  2. Exposing students to the cultural imperialism, hybridization and retention that occurred with the advent of European arrival in the Americas
  3. Examining the conquering and settling processes of the Spanish on the American mainland
  4. Extensively looking at the Portuguese involvement in Brazil
  5. Examining the challenge by the various European nations to the Iberian domination of the Americas
  6. Analyzing the development of non-Iberian territories in the Americas
  7. Extensively looking at the interaction between the native Indians of North America and the Europeans
  8. Exploring the adjustments made by the Europeans after conquest in their pursuit of economic development
  9. Examining the methods used by the Portuguese in Brazil to stimulate economic growth
  10. Examining the role of the bandeirantes in Brazilian expansion
  11. Analyzing the conflicts between the different interest groups over North American territory and the result of these rivalries
  12. Analyzing the conflict and between the different interest groups over the Caribbean and South America territories and the result of these rivalries
  13. Exploring the development of new ideologies in the Americas
  14. Examining the process of creolization and independent thought that led to the American Revolution


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