History of Aboriginal America After 1492
The Standard Model of history.
“Some cats got it” – challenging Eurocentric history.
Travelers’ Tales. Europeans were not the only travelers.
Stumbling Upon a Continent. Beringia, and the early settlement of the Americas.
Or Maybe They Floated There on a Log. How Eurocentric scholars address accomplishments by other peoples.
From Prince Henry the Navigator, Columbus, through to 1517.
Columbus reports on the Indies.
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Bartolomé de las Casas tells a pointed tale of atrocity and Spanish greed.
Hero. The myth and reality ofColumbus.
Ocean Crossings. How Europeans crossed the ocean to theAmericas first.
The Birth of Colonial Ideology.
Cognitive Dissonance: Inventing Racism in the New World.
The encomienda slave system receives the sanction of law.
By reading out this document, the Spanish purported to create legal claims to Aboriginal lands.
The Requirement, the Laws of Burgos and the Papal Donation of 1493. The Inter Caetera and the incomienda system enshrined.
Francisco de Vitoria & the Rights of the Indians:
Founding documents of international law and Aboriginal rights
Aboriginal people were rightful owners of their own land.
How the Spanish might acquire title to American lands.
The Father of International Law & the Rights of Indigenous Americans. In 1532, Francisco de Vitoria addresses aboriginal rights, founds international law.
Continuing the discussion of aboriginal rights by Francisco de Vitoria.
Papal bull recognizing Aboriginal humanity and right to freedom.
Spain’s reputation for colonial brutality is well-deserved, as Las Casas makes clear, but it’s a reputation they deserve equally with other colonial powers.