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Aztecs and Spaniards in the Conquest of Mexico
The defeat of the Aztec Empire by a small band of Spanish soldiers led by Hernan Cortes permanently changed the way Europeans understood the world, at the same time that it subjugated Mexico's indigenous population to the institutions of colonial rule. Both sides of this important cultural encounter are studied through a close examination of narratives about the conquest written a few days or a few decades from the events themselves. The course may be counted toward the anthropology major and completion of the Latin American studies program. Capabilities addressed: Critical reading, critical thinking, clear writing, academic self assessment, collaborative learning, information technology, oral presentation.