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Unformatted text preview: community. Low then focuses on the history of plazas in European cities and the development and usage of grid-plan-plaza layouts. She states that this form of urban design planning was utilized while building military strongholds and towns that were used as a means of fortification. It is then said that this sophisticated blueprint was then transported from Europe to Mesoamerica by Spanish conquistadors, who then used this framework to develop civilized society. But perhaps, Low argues, the opposite occurred and the Spaniards witnessed this urban template from indigenous civilizations and sought to redevelop their cities in Europe under this model. After careful examination of evidence, Low concludes that modern plazas resulted from an amalgamation of both Spanish and indigenous uses and construction, creating a framework unique to New World developments....
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This essay was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course ANT 345C taught by Professor Johnhartigan during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.
- Fall '07