Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Primary Sources

Throughout the semester we'll spend much of our class time discussing primary sources (sources that come from the historical period). Take a look at the document "Pope Paul III Forbids Indian Slavery in His Sublimus Dei" and the images of "Cortes Forces Marching on Tenochtitlan" and "Map of the Western Hemisphere."

What information to these sources provide that the textbook does not? How does looking at these sources change your understanding of the events you read about in the textbook?

ETA: Thanks everyone, for your comments so far. I'd like you read Bartolome de las Casas' writing about Spanish treatment of natives. Please read it as carefully and thoroughly as possible and consider the possible ways this document could help or hurt the Spanish Empire.

Remember to leave room for your classmates- one idea per post, a few sentences per comment, max!

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