Before The Revolution by Daniel K. Richter

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  • When reading this book consider how Latin American colonization by the Spanish, primarily in the area that would become Mexico was similar and different from British colonization in North America. 
  • Consider the process from the viewpoints of Colonizers (European leaders), Colonials (European migrants) and the Native inhabitants and African slaves. 
  • How does the Spanish American experience effect our understanding of the “composite” or “layered” view of the unfolding of American colonial history put forth in Before the Revolution and our understanding of the “conflict” view put forth in The First Frontier?
  • Optional Supplemental Reading: Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas
  • If you are interested in the history of the Spanish Atlantic World, consider reading the triology by Hugh Thomas – Rivers of GoldThe Golden Empireand World Without End as a starting point. 

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Optional Thought Questions for the entire book: 

When reading this book consider how Latin American colonization by the Spanish, primarily in the area that would become Mexico was similar and different from British colonization in North America. 
Consider the process from the viewpoints of Colonizers (European leaders), Colonials (European migrants) and the Native inhabitants and African slaves. 

How does the Spanish American experience effect our understanding of the “composite” or “layered” view of the unfolding of American colonial history put forth in Before the Revolution and our understanding of the “conflict” view put forth in The First Frontier?

Optional Supplemental Reading: Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas

If you are interested in the history of the Spanish Atlantic World, consider reading the trilogy by Hugh Thomas – Rivers of GoldThe Golden Empire and World Without End as a starting point.