comment9 - In the short passage “As for the Spainards...

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Lindsey Weygandt Comment #9 The Native Americans did not view their cultural heritage as a positive in the new world. Spanish society in Latin America revolved heavily around a merit system, and due to the dark pigmentation of the Native Americans they were not given any opportunity to rise within the restricted social ladder. In “Nicolas Nenguiru’s Letter to the Governor of Buenos Aires” (1753), Nenguiru pleads to the governor for the sake of his fellow “pueblo Indians [because they] wanted him to inform [the Governor] in his letter of their poverty and suffering” (Colonial Latin America, 313). The Native Americans are treated by the Europeans as slaves, and are given no respect. In order to survive they must adopt the Spaniards religious and cultural views.
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Unformatted text preview: In the short passage, “As for the Spainards, their time is up,’ Jauja, Peru “(1742, 1752), Juantos Santos murders Indians and African Americans as a way to get back at the Spanish Crown, as he is making his rebellion he describes “…all [the Native Americans] crying out saying that they do not want to be Christians, and urging them to kill the blacks” (Colonial Latin America, 303). The Royal Crown made sure that the Native Americans were Westernized, and educated in their social standing. The Indians did not view their cultural heritage as something to be ashamed of, but they understood that due to their cultural background they were not given fair treatment. Their religious views and cultural beliefs acted as a major unchangeable set back....
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