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Conquest: The Destruction of the American Indios

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The arrival of Europeans in the Americas brought with it a demographic catastrophe of vast proportions for the native populations. What were the causes?

The surviving documentation is extraordinarily rich: conquistadors, religious figures, administrators, officials, and merchants kept records, carried out inquiries, and issued edicts. The native world, for its part, has also left eloquent traces of events as well as direct testimony of its harsh subjugation at the hands of the Europeans.

Drawing on these sources, Livi Bacci shows how not only the 'imported' diseases but also a series of economic and social factors played a role in the disastrous decline of the native populations. He argues that the catastrophe was not the inevitable outcome of contact with Europeans but was a function of both the methods of the conquest and the characteristics of the subjugated societies.

This gripping narrative recounts one of the greatest tragedies of human history, one whose protagonists include figures like Columbus, Montezuma, Atahuallpa, Pizarro, Corts and Tupac Amaru.

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The arrival of Europeans in the Americas brought with it a demographic catastrophe of vast proportions for the native populations. In this book Livi Bacci argues that the catastrophe was not the inevitable outcome of contact with Europeans but was a function of both the methods of the conquest and the characteristics of the subjugated societies.

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Bernard V. Zandy, MA, Professor of Mathematics at Fullerton College in California has been teaching secondary and college level mathematics for 34 years. A co-author of the Cliffs PSAT and SAT Preparation Guides, Mr. Zandy has been a lecturer and consultant for Bobrow Test Preparation Services, conducting workshops at California State University and Colleges since 1977.

About the Author

Massimo Livi Bacci is Professor of Demography at the University of Florence.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • I. In which are described three voyages that changed the face of a continent, the American population at the time of contact, the demographic catastrophe of the Indios, the sorrowful increase of the Africans, and the expansion of the Europeans.

  • II. A humble Franciscan, two combative Dominicans, an Italian humanist at the Court of Spain, a remorseful viceroy, a naturalist ‘alcade’, a Europeanized Inca and an Inca fallen on hard times, a conquistador observer... different witnesses and a common analysis of the catastrophe

  • III. A tireless traveler disrupts a continent, but a quarter century too late. From the Caribbean to Perú: a brief history of a long voyage and of the suspected assassin of Huayna Capac, father of Atahuallpa. The true and presumed sins of smallpox and other crowd diseases

  • IV. A golden nose ring and the tragic destiny of the Taíno. An Indio follows a deer and discovers a mountain of silver. A people in constant movement, over 1000 miles and at an elevation of 4000 meters, and the wealth of Potosí. Deeds and misdeeds of gold and silver

  • V. Hispaniola, the territorial paradise of Columbus and the imagination of modern scholars. One hundred thousand or ten million Taíno? The catastrophe of the Antilles as seen from close up and a credible leyenda negra. People die while animals flourish

  • VI. A great and rich city, dreamed of by Columbus and destroyed by Cortés. The modern dispute over the population of Mesoamerica. Tributaries, tributes, and population. Thirteen brigantines hauled overland and a tunnel in the rock. Men and beasts

  • VII. The Incas and many millions of subjects. A quarter century of wars: Indios versus Indios, Spaniards versus Indios, Spaniards versus Spaniards. ‘Quipu’ pen and ink. A viceroy who counts, measures and acts. Epidemics: the moderns debate them, the ancients ignore them

  • VIII. Colonists and ‘Paulists’ hunting down Guaraní between the Paraná and the Uruguay. One hundred Jesuits for 100,000 Indios. Steel axes and security in exchange for Christian habits. Monogamy and reproduction stronger than crowd diseases

  • Epilog

  • Appendices

  • Tables

  • Figures

  • Notes

  • Chronology

  • Glossary

  • Note on Illustrations

  • Index
  • Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780745640013
    Author:
    Livi Bacci, Massimo
    Publisher:
    Polity Press
    Translator:
    Ipsen, Carl
    Author:
    Livi-Bacci, Massimo
    Subject:
    Native American
    Subject:
    Americas (North Central South West Indies)
    Subject:
    World - Colonial Studies
    Subject:
    Native American-General Native American Studies
    Subject:
    history of sociology
    Subject:
    General Sociology
    Copyright:
    Publication Date:
    February 2008
    Binding:
    TRADE PAPER
    Grade Level:
    Professional and scholarly
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    368
    Dimensions:
    8.23x5.69x.85 in. 1.05 lbs.

    Related Subjects

    History and Social Science » Latin America » Conquistadors
    History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
    History and Social Science » World History » General
    Humanities » Philosophy » General

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    Product details 368 pages Polity Press - English 9780745640013 Reviews:
    "Synopsis" by , The arrival of Europeans in the Americas brought with it a demographic catastrophe of vast proportions for the native populations. In this book Livi Bacci argues that the catastrophe was not the inevitable outcome of contact with Europeans but was a function of both the methods of the conquest and the characteristics of the subjugated societies.
    "Synopsis" by , Bernard V. Zandy, MA, Professor of Mathematics at Fullerton College in California has been teaching secondary and college level mathematics for 34 years. A co-author of the Cliffs PSAT and SAT Preparation Guides, Mr. Zandy has been a lecturer and consultant for Bobrow Test Preparation Services, conducting workshops at California State University and Colleges since 1977.
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