Mesoamerica Essay

2150 Words Mar 20th, 2015 9 Pages
Anthony Flores

MAS 10A

12:00pm

Professor Covarrubias, Professor Gamboa

10/15/14

SECTION ONE: Indigenous Mesoamerica
b. To what extent has the history of Mesoamerica been taught from a Eurocentric perspective? What theories, ideas, and/or terminology are problematic when trying to assert an Indigenous perspective? (For example: Bering Strait, Malintzin, Cuauhtemoc, Human Sacrifice...there are many more examples!)

In the United States the history of Mesoamerica has always been included in textbooks and lectures around the nation. The parts of the history that are included, however, are what is often put into question. While writing any piece or publishing any book there will always be a set bias. There is only so much
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As David Carrasco includes in his text in “Religions of Mesoamerica”, “All the days of my life I have seen nothing that rejoiced my heart so much as these things, for I saw amongst them wonderful works of art, and I marveled at the subtle genius of men in foreign lands. Indeed I cannot express all that I thought there” (Carrasco 75). While this is just one documented account there are countless others expressing the same views. While the popular narrative does mention the wonders of indigenous architecture they fail to focus on the other parts of the statements in these accounts. The Spanish did not only marvel at the artwork and architecture, but also the culture, the lifestyle, just the subtleties of the way they carried on in everyday life. Whether it was the Calpulli system or just the organized manner they went about their day. This fact is often conveniently dismissed by Colón apologists trying to justify the Spanish conquest by claiming the indigenous people were uncivilized. As mentioned, those quick to defend the Eurocentric narrative as well as Columbus often attempt to validate Columbus’ thinking. As stated by Acuña, apologists of Columbus assert that he did not invent slavery, and that Spain held heated deliberations on whether or not it was moral to enslave these Indians. Spain finally settled on passing the Law of Burgos in 1512. On paper the law was supposed to protect the indigenous people from unbearable labor conditions while
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