A Companion to Latin American History by Thomas H. Holloway

By Thomas H. Holloway

The Companion to Latin American History collects the paintings of major specialists within the box to create a single-source evaluate of the varied heritage and present traits within the examine of Latin America.

  • Presents a state of the art evaluation of the background of Latin America
  • Written by way of the pinnacle overseas specialists within the field
  • 28 chapters come jointly as a superlative unmarried resource of data for students and students
  • Recognizes the breadth and variety of Latin American historical past through offering systematic chronological and geographical coverage
  • Covers either historic developments and new parts of interest

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Although most of these sites originate in the Formative, they reached the peak of their expansion in the middle Classic. All of these cities are architectural jewels and, today, well-known tourist sites. Teotihuacán, for example, extended over 20 square miles, and its very carefully planned urban core was made up of large public buildings and grid blocks organized around a wide causeway about a mile and a half long. To one side of the causeway is the Pyramid of the Sun, one of the largest pyramids in the world.

Cortés himself depended on Mesoamerican allies to carry out his conquest (Hassig 2005, Seed, this volume). When he set off for Honduras in 1524 he had with him some 300 Europeans, but also 3,000 Mexican allies. The Tlaxcalans, who enjoyed a special status in Spanish law due to their early alliance with Cortés and their continued loyalty to the Spanish regime, were key figures in the colony, and Tlaxcalan populations were resettled to troublesome frontiers to provide stability. Without denying the fact that Mesoamerican people were increasingly incorporated into the colonial and later Atlantic economy, Spanish law invested property rights in indigenous communities and placed many administrative functions in the hands of community members, which tended to reinforce communal identities.

We know that these and other point styles began to proliferate around 11,000 to 10,500 years ago. Some stone tool industries of South America, especially those from late Pleistocene sites in eastern Brazil (Lagoa Santa, Lapa Vermelha IV), also were based on unifacial industries that coexisted with and had different characteristics from bifacial ones. Based on current evidence, the only possible link between North and South America has been the so-called fluting on the Fishtail and Clovis points, and this association is controversial and unconvincing.

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