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European Arrival & Colonization of the Americas - Chapter Summary
This chapter thoroughly outlines the European arrival and colonization of the Americas. Some of the historical figures and events important during this era are discussed in these lessons. We've made sure you can study at your convenience by making these resources accessible on your mobile device or computer 24 hours a day. Before you move on to other subjects, take the short quizzes provided with each lesson as a great review. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Outline the biography of Bernal Diaz del Castillo
- Summarize and explain the characters in the Popol Vuh
- Describe the creation myth in the Popol Vuh
- Give some facts about Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza
- Explain the significance of the repartimiento system
- Define the Spanish casta system and its importance
- Provide the definition and the history of mestizaje
1. Bernal Diaz del Castillo: Biography, Facts & Quotes
Bernal Diaz del Castillo was a notable Spanish conquistador and historian. This lesson examines the life of Diaz, from his humble origins in Spain, to the publication of his famous historical work.
2. Popol Vuh: Summary, Characters & Analysis
In this lesson, we will learn about the history and content of one of the most important and revered pieces of pre-Columbian Mayan literature, the Popol Vuh.
3. The Creation Myth in the Popol Vuh
While much of Maya mythology was lost, a lot of what we know comes from one surviving source: the Popol Vuh. In this lesson, we'll see what the Popol Vuh says about the creation of the world.
4. Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza: Biography & Facts
Antonio de Mendoza was given a really difficult job; one which he must have known could have resulted in his death. In this lesson, we'll see how he handled it and what role he played in Mexican history.
5. What is the Repartimiento System? - Definition & Significance
The repartimiento system was a labor policy instituted by Spanish colonists throughout Central and South America. In this lesson, learn what it was and how it influenced life locally and globally.
6. The Spanish Casta System: Definition & Significance
The Spanish Empire's Casta System sought to differentiate the various racial mixtures of the Americas. This lesson explores the social importance of the Casta System, as well as its organization.
7. Mestizaje: Definition & History
Mestizaje is a complex but very important concept in the history of the Americas. In this lesson, we'll see what this has meant throughout Mexican history and to Mexican identities.
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Other chapters within the History, Culture & People of the Americas course
- The Pre-Columbian Era
- The Aztec Empire
- The Mayan Empire
- The Moche Civilization
- The Toltec Empire
- Indigenous Peoples of South America
- Indigenous Peoples of the Carribean
- Indigenous Peoples, Culture & History of Mexico
- Independence Movements & Organizations of Indigenous Peoples
- The Iroquois Confederacy