Lecture Outline #3:

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"Savage and Barbaric Peoples"

1. Encounters in the New World: the physical and economic impact

A. Demography
B. The growth of the slave trade in the Americas

2. Encounters in the New World: social and cultural relations

A. First contacts: the honeymoon period
B. From Contact to Conflict

3. Constructing the Barbarian in the 16th and 17th centuries

A. Nature’s Slaves 
B.The Slavery Debate and the Problem of Classification



natural slavery

Sites of Interest:

Indigenous Cultures of the Americas   A page of links about Incas, Aztecs, Tainos, and other indigenous cultures of the Americas


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