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A. Read the excerpt from ...The Destruction of the Indies.. There is a question at the start, but there is also an answer at the end. They're valuable, but not necessarily what we're going to look at as a class.
B. Following the commenting guidelines, answer ANY of the following questions (choose 1 or 2), and respond to them in the comments section of this post.
- What motivations may have led to the way Spaniards affected the native Caribbean population as they did? What motivated Spanish colonists?
- What personal motivations might have led de Las Casas to petition the Spanish crown for leniency towards Native Americans?
- Encomienda was a legal system that was employed mainly by the Spanish crown during the Spanish colonization of the Americas to regulate Native American labor. What are your impressions of the encomienda system? Be very specific; avoid being general.
C. Return in a few days and read through the responses of others. Again, following the commenting guidelines, provide feedback, criticism, or ask questions. Also, if somebody responds to your comment, feel free to comment back, of course, being polite.
Both B & C must be completed to earn full credit for the assignment.
Guns, Germs, & Steel is a 1997 transdisciplinary nonfiction book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1998, it won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction and the Aventis Prize for Best Science Book. A documentary based on the book, and produced by the National Geographic Society, was broadcast on PBS in July 2005. Two of the episodes deal with some of the issues above. Watch if you have time, however, it is not required.