A History of Latin America by Benjamin Keen, Keith Haynes

By Benjamin Keen, Keith Haynes

This best-selling textual content for introductory Latin American historical past classes, A background of Latin the United States, encompasses political and diplomatic conception, type constitution and monetary association, tradition and faith, and the surroundings. The integrating framework is the dependency conception, the preferred interpretation of Latin American historical past, which stresses the commercial dating of Latin American countries to wealthier international locations, really the United States.Spanning pre-historic occasions to the current, A heritage of Latin the USA makes use of either a chronological and a nation-by-nation strategy, and comprises the newest ancient research and the main up to date learn. this can be the main streamlined and cohesive variation but, with great additions to pedagogy and bankruptcy content material. increased insurance of social and cultural heritage contains ladies, indigenous cultures, and Afro-Latino peoples.

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The agricultural techniques most likely included terracing and ridged planting beds (raised above wet basin floors to control moisture), as well as slash-and-burn methods. In addition to maize, these chiefdoms cultivated potatoes, quinoa (a hardy grain resembling buckwheat), and a wide variety of other plants. The crafts—pottery, weaving, and metallurgy—were highly developed. Their magnificent gold work ranks among the finest such work in ancient America. 5 million. The Muisca lived in large villages of several hundred to several thousand people.

J. Spinden and the German archaeologist Karl Sapper, taking account of indigenous technology and resources, came up with the same overall totals of 40 to 50 million for the whole New World. S. anthropologist A. L. Kroeber and the Argentine scholar Angel Rosenblat, concluded that this technology could not support the densities cited by the early sources and that the Spaniards had consciously or unconsciously exaggerated the number of people they found to enhance their own achievements as conquerors or missionaries.

The construction of palaces and other official buildings nearby made each ceremonial center the administrative capital of a state ruled by a priestking. Social stratification was already well developed, with the priesthood the main ruling class. However, the growing incidence of warfare in the late Classic period (perhaps caused by population pressure, with greater competition for land and water) brought more recognition and rewards to successful warriors. Religion became an elaborate polytheism served by a large class of priests.

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