Chapter2 - Roark Chapter 2: Europeans and the New World,...

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Roark Chapter 2: Europeans and the New World, 1492-1600 Notes and Questions for HIS 1043 by Rex H. Ball, Senior Lecturer Look at the Taino Zemi basket on p. 22 (ca. 1493-1520). The authors’ note that it shows how readily the Tainos incorporated European goods into their beliefs and practices. The natives did not dress as Columbus expected: “All of them go around as naked as their mothers bore them; and the women also….[Their skin was] neither black nor white….They should be good and intelligent servants, for I see that they say very quickly everything that is said to them; and I believe that they would become Christians very easily, for it seemed to me that they had no religion. According to Columbus the natives were fit for servants, had no property rights— belonged to the crown, and had no religion. Columbus was not too astute of an observer. The Tainos mined a small quantity of gold —this caught Columbus’ eye. [Might refer to the Columbus document in Marcus.] Gold and silver were the primary driver to his voyage and for just about all voyages of discovery with a thin veneer of piety. In chapter 1 we saw the power of adaptation to geography and climate in the Native Americans. With the coming of the Europeans came human induced change—some of which led to massive die-offs. The fifteenth century began the age of discovery. How is this also a sign of danger for the Tainos? What are we seeing here? Ethnocentrism? Significance? What was to come? Who would be interested in exploration?
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Monarchs Wealth (gold and silver) Power Prestige Wealth Prestige Adventure Technology was important: Compass Hourglass Astrolabe Quadrant Caravel Portugal was an early leader in exploration —an unlikely candidate for this role, the authors remark. Portugal had good sailors, but the key to
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course HIS 1043 taught by Professor Rexball during the Spring '08 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

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