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On October 20 bring just a blue book, a pen, and your note card . Please don’t use your note card to cite texts at length. Remember, on the midterm—as in reading responses— it’s your words we want to read! We have discussed the proposition that “Indians” were not born, but made. Using Columbus and Las Casas, discuss the beginning of this long-term historical process. How do their writings depict “Indians,” giving rise to enduring stereotypes? Columbus: Columbus’s impression when he first arrived – thinks the are all the same; weak and barbaric without religion – but easy to convert because they are simple. Handsome people. He thinks the yare unintelligent because they are so simple Not a sensitive cultural analysis – doesn’t actually get to know individual characteristics, just groups into one large category. Poor people – culturally see goods as more important than money, which is a different concept from Columbus. Final paragraph: saw the Spanish as powerful, intelligent, power hungry, arrogant, ambitious! Culturally insensitive and money-hungry. He was even elevated to admiral for the voyage, showing signs that Columbus was after nobility status upon return. Most Spaniards were not noble but would attempt various notable feats in service to the king and queen in order to gain the coveted status The original goal was to find a new route to India and part of the merchant motivation. He actually captured several of them to bring back and show the king how easily they could become Christians. This was part of the medieval idea that infidels who Spaniards introduce to Christianity and reject the religion could be captured by the Spaniards and it was considered completely normal Las Casas: Most of Las Casas book exaggerated the cruelty of the Spanish and the innocence of the Indians. Spends his life trying to get humane treatment of the Indians A spokesperson for the indigenous people in the midst of Spanish cruelty. He still grouped them together into a collection of people that still needed Christian help. Large Stereotype: Overall A group of people who were mistreated and powerless to the Spanish, inferior/ unintelligent because they lack the truth about God. They are a needy group. Innocent, harmless and vulnerable (due to the disease and Spanish power) Calld the Spanish: Called them wolves, evil, cruel, Points out the greed of the Spanish a lot and tyrants – denied them of Christianity and basic rights (basically opposite of Christian ideals) “Gold was their God.”
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2. From Erauso's point of view as a swashbuckling colonial, how do “Indians” appear? View of Indians – contrasted Las Casas
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