Spring 2018 - HIST 104 D100

The Americas from Colonization to Independence (3)

Class Number: 3287

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby



A comparative exploration of the colonization of North and South America by the various European empires together with the role of Native and African peoples in the Americas, from the late fifteenth century to the onset of political independence three hundred years later. Breadth-Humanities.


This course will compare regions in North and South America from approximately 1450 to 1830, i.e. from the eve of contact to the Age of Revolutions. It will study how Indigenous, African, and European histories converged and diverged. Lectures will focus on the development and dissolution of the Spanish, Portuguese, French and British empires in the territories that later became Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Canada, and other Latin American and Caribbean countries. Readings will focus on Indigenous history, Latin American history, and the history of the American Revolution. Our key question will include, “What was the view looking East from Indian Country?”, “How did the natural environment shape the colonies of the Americas?” “Were American colonies fragments of European societies?”, “What was the ‘view from below’?”, “When did the Americas become Capitalist?”, “What were the origins of Independence movements in the Americas?”, and “Do the Americas have one history or many histories?”


  • Discussion Participation 15%
  • Weekly Responses 10%
  • Midterm test 25%
  • Essay 25%
  • Exam 25%



Matthew Restall, Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest (Oxford University Press, 2003)

Daniel Richter, Facing East from Indian Country (Harvard University Press, 2001)

A Guide to Looking: Researching Objects at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Department of Academic Partnerships, 2016), FREE.

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