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New World Societies

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New World Societies HIST 1011

Estefania Notetaker

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World History, 1500-Present
Professor Dane Kennedy

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New World Societies February 19, 2015 Lecture
World History, 1500-Present
Professor Dane Kennedy
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Date Created: 03/03/15
New World Societies February 19 2015 I Context Americas the first location for wide scale colonization by European a With time people of Europe populate all parts of the world It starts with America b New societies in America9 i Neoeuropes 1 LAlfred Crosby Ecological Imperialism places where European immigrants recreate the world they have left behind in Europe 2 They recreate 9 social structures political institutions cultural practices crops etc a Problem9new society is not wholly quotEuropeanquot ii Hybrid societies 1 Idea of NeoEuropean 9simplifies what is a more complex process of exchanges and mixtures a Not only native Americans and Europeans but also African 2 Europeans create societies that benefit them a However they do so in ways that fit the new locations and people b Europeans have to engagement in adjustment and accommodation 9 Creation of Hybridsocieties i Resemble Europe but carry parts of Native and African societies iii Two critical factors that need to be addressed for success in colonization 9 1 Resources Discover or develop natural resources that are suited for economic exploitation 2 Labor Find labor source to exploit the resources iv American societies are a mixing of Europe and other 9 new societies 11 Spanish America a Spanish find great success early on 9 these create high expectations i Thinking they will keep finding great empires with ready available gold and solver b Mixed Blessings of mining i Blessing Potosi 9 Mountain of silver 1 Spanish found and exploit it By early 16005 Potosi is one of the biggest cities in the early America a By 1625 120000 people 2 Gold and silver shipped back to Spain 9 fuel economic power of Spain a Some sent to china for 3 Silver created the first genuine global commer ii Curse Dependency 1 Spain becomes heavily dependent on gold and silver 2 However these precious metals don t last forever 3 Agriculture What to do then with land a Give them land to the lords They create Haciendas 9 i Ruled by quasifeudal lords that engage in selfsufficient agriculture 1 Not very efficient ii They need labor 9 Native Americas 1 Encomineda system used in haciendas like serfdom Peasants who leave in lands are obliged to give portion of their crops and their labor to lord c Forced Labor i Mines 9 Employ a practice that was employed by Inca 1 Mita system communities to provide a portion of their young men to work for their state a Inca used it to build monuments and Spanish use it to work on the minds b This is Force labor but not slavery i m someone who can be bought and sold in the market place ii m people can t be sold Their service can be exploited for limited period of time but they are still free people c Is pretty much the samebut the market difference counts 2 Since slavery was illegal Native Americans could not be enslaved 9 This is how they get around 3 Later 9 start to employ African slaves a Mostly in the Islands not mainland d Creole Society i Cities in the new world 1 Central plaza with church and state authority 2 Grid system re ection indigenous tradition ii Create a society that s ihierarchical 1 Power in a King9 his representatives as lords b Catholic church9 churches in the new world 2 Still this was not is not Neospain a Most people who come 9 young men i They want to make a killing and go home Early conquistadores do that Later that doesn t happen So they stay ii Men stay and marry Native American women 1 Start eating Native American foods 2 Using native American practices b Result 9 Hybrid society Creole Society i Example Catholic Church powerful but the Native American traditions shape traditions 1 Appearance of the virgin 9 virgin de Guadalupe different from European virgin a Similar to Aztec goddesses 2 El Dia de los Muertos a Catholic traditions and Aztec festival ii Creole Society a bit of native and Spanish Distinct identity from Spanish in Europe 111 English America a The establishment i Early 13 colonies 9 smaller land space ii English come to the new world a century after the Spanish iii Jamestown 1606 9 first successful English establishment 1 Barely a success First couple of years 9 threat of collapse 2 With time it begins to rise iv Less Centralized 9 English king does not plays such central in overseeing colonies 1 Royal companies young entrepreneurs are giving opportunity to colonization Namely Virginia Company b Search for sustainable economy i Economies9 1 No Aztec or Inca Kingdom 9 Colonist decides that they are going to avoid conquistadores and have entire families come to the Americas 2 Result 9 family units established across the colonies a Why whole families i Limitations of the new world ii The English have colonized before Ireland 9 Already had a strategy iii The issue of labor 9 they can t get native labor Not the control that the Spanish do ii Resources 9 1 Virginia Colonies asked to plant mulberries trees 9 Why Silk It didn t work out But they eventually get it right 9 Tobacco coffee tea chocolate opium Carolinas Indigo rice New England timber Pennsylvania wheat and grains Georgia cotton iii It takes times but the English establish viable economic enterprises sustainable economies c Search for cheap labor i Household labor Families coming to the colonies and reproducing9 children 1 Remains available form of labor North ii Initially 9 English indentured labor iii Finally 9 African slavery 1 Very useful for large scale plantation agriculture South a Indigo rice cotton d English Colonial Culture i Settler culture in colonies different from Creole culture of Spanish America 1 Religion no religious institutions with centralizing in uence Massachusetts 9 large puritan groups Pennsylvania 9 Quakers Maryland 9 heaven for Catholics No centralization 9 lack of religious conformity 9 separation of church and state e Result No United States possible with a state church 2 Native Americans 9 remain outside with societies a English don t expropriate their labor b Unlike in Spanish America 9 very little intermarriage i English have sex with slaves and natives but they don t marry them c Endogamy 9 marrying within one s group d Result9 Creates racial divisions that live on for generations IV Other Colonial American Societies a French amp Portuguese Both are catholic countries and the church establishes with the Treaty of Tordesillas helps mandate their colonial endeavors b French 9Canada and New Orleans i Canada Furs 914990 9962 1 You don t need plantation economy 9 you do it in collaboration with Native American communities 2 Association and intermarriage with native American communities c Portuguese 9 Brazil i Sugar slavery 1 Initially 9 send out enslaving parties within brazil 2 Then9 rely on African slaves V Terms a Potosi b Mestizo c Encomienda VI Exam a 2 Essay questions Answer 1 i Ability to make case and support with evidence who what when in relevance Historical significance b 10 IDs Answers 6


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