The Southwest under Spain and Mexico

The pre-contact history of Anasazi and Athabascan peoples from anthropological and mythological perspectives; the causes and consequences of the Spanish entrada and attempts at missionization of the Indian peoples of New Mexico and the California coast; development of mestizo society; the arrival of the Anglo-Americans and the Mexican-American War. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2022-23).

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The Southwest under Spain and Mexico examines the history of the pre-encounters between the Spanish and Native populations in the American Southwest. Students will explore the motives of the Spanish entrada and the consequences of their actions, among other topics.
Anasazi Indian Petroglyphs
Photo by Flickr user Alexander C. Kafka.
The pre-contact history of Anasazi and Athabascan peoples from anthropological and mythological perspectives; the causes and consequences of the Spanish entrada and attempts at missionization of the Indian peoples of New Mexico and the California coast; development of mestizo society; the arrival of the Anglo-Americans and the Mexican-American War.
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