Latino Americans: Foreigners In Their Own Land

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApMDLhcA37Q Trailer for PBS Series on Latino Americans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XQ5Zo2_f-w Episode 1 "explores the period from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America. Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S west into the Mexican territories of the South West. Mariano Vallejo personifies the era of the Californio rancheros. Juan Seguín is a man caught between two … Continue reading Latino Americans: Foreigners In Their Own Land

‘Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story’

The North American population -- US and Canada -- is about 370 million. In contrast, Central and South America's population is nearly double, more than 600 million. And yet North America dominates the world's focus. Why? Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, by Maria Arana, may offer some answers. This … Continue reading ‘Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story’

In Early 1800s, Revolutionary Spirit Spread to Latin America

How did the revolutionary spirit in North America and Europe -- particularly France -- impact Latin America? In the course of a few decades, the US, France, and Haiti all experienced revolutions. This spirit ultimately destroyed the colonial empires of Britain, France and Spain in the New World. But they did not give up on … Continue reading In Early 1800s, Revolutionary Spirit Spread to Latin America

Legalized Slavery Persisted in Latin America into the 20th Century

Americans tend to assume that slavery was a uniquely American institution, brought by the English and Scottish colonizers, but the Spanish, Portugese and French were aggressive slave-traders in Latin America. Indigenous peoples in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia were legally enslaved well into the 20th century, during the Amazon Rubber Boom. The Yaqui people, an Uto-Aztecan-speaking indigenous … Continue reading Legalized Slavery Persisted in Latin America into the 20th Century

What If Mexican-American War Didn’t Happen, Or Developed Differently?

If James K. Polk did not win the election of 1844 on the platform of annexation fever, would the Mexican-American War have occurred? He only won against Henry Clay by a slim margin. Discussion on Facebook: Polk loses 1844 election to Clay. Texas, which declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, hangs on by a … Continue reading What If Mexican-American War Didn’t Happen, Or Developed Differently?

Manifest Destiny Was One Inspiration for Coast-to-Coast American Empire

The phrase Manifest Destiny was coined by journalist John O'Sullivan, an advocate of Jacksonian democracy, in 1845. It reflected a belief that Americans had a god-given right to expand from sea to shining sea, that white American culture was superior to other cultures, and that native Americans and Mexican Americans who inhabited the land were … Continue reading Manifest Destiny Was One Inspiration for Coast-to-Coast American Empire

NC High Schools Social Studies Elective: Turning Points in American History

"This course would emphasize, in greater depth, 10-15 key turning points in American History. These turning points would be “hinge” events in our nation’s history, caused by, and subsequently contributing to, major social, cultural, political, and/or economic events. Turning points chosen for this course do not need to be events that have been popularly discussed … Continue reading NC High Schools Social Studies Elective: Turning Points in American History

What If the Christian Reconquest of Spain Failed?

"In 711, Umayyad Caliphate conquered Spain. Muslim Moors, mainly North African Berber soldiers with some Arabs, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and began their easy conquest of the Visigothic Kingdom of Hispania," Wikipedia reports. Small armies established Islamic rule that would last 300 years in much of the Iberian Peninsula and 770 years in Granada. "Retaking land from the Moors became a God-given quest from the church...to … Continue reading What If the Christian Reconquest of Spain Failed?

10 ‘What If’ Questions About the Aztecs and Incas

What if the Aztecs and Incas knew each other well before the arrival of the Spanish? Did the Aztecs, Mayas and Incas know about each other? Did they communicate between them? Weren't the Aztecs as deadly, destructive and violent as the Spanish Conquistadors? History: Did Aztecs and Incas have any kind of contact? What would … Continue reading 10 ‘What If’ Questions About the Aztecs and Incas

Could Mexico Have Become A World Power in the 1800s?

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May, commemorates the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, against the French occupation of Mexico after the Mexican-American War of 1846 and the 1858–61 Reform War. Symbolically, it's a celebration of anti-slavery, anti-racists defeating pro-slavery racists, or in California … Continue reading Could Mexico Have Become A World Power in the 1800s?