* please make it simple and free of plagiarism
Chasteen, Chapter 2 and 3

Ramon Sanchez, “Northwest and the Conquest of the Americas” (chapter 1 in Garcia and Garcia)

Juan Gonzalez, “Conquerors and Victims: The Image of America Forms, 1500-1800” in Harvest of Empire

Instructions: The following assignment is a reflection of the readings on Latin American Studies and Latina/o Studies. The questions provide a guide to the general theme or themes of your reflection on the readings. Your response should be around 2 pages in length.


1. Be present in class to participate in the discussion of the assigned readings.

2. Be ready to discuss the material in class (written assignment is required as proof of preparation for class discussion.  Bring your paper to class and be prepared to discuss the readings.

3. Respond to the basic questions for the assignment.

4. Written assignment should be 2 pages in length.

5. The paper must be typed double-spaced and 12 font size.

6. Cite the readings and/or class notes: You should follow the author, date, and page system within the paper,  for example, (Chasteen 2000, 3), (Garcia 2001, 10). Provide a bibliography at the end of the paper ( use the Chicago Style, instructions in Canvas).

7. Include a title page, with your name, class number, and quarter and a separate page with a bibliography.

8. There should be no hand written notes/information on the paper. Neatness of the paper will be graded.

9. Any form of plagiarism will not be allowed.

10. Follow and fulfill all of the instructions on the assignment (1-10).


John Charles Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3

1. According to Chasteen (chapter 2), by the end of the 1500s, the basic contours of Latin American ethnicities were established in the region. Support your response with specific historical examples of the basic contours of Latin American ethnicity from the readings. Consider the insights presented on the notion of Afro-Mestizos in the Latin American experience and its influence in the making Latin American ethnicity.

2. What do we learn about the complexity of life and society in Mesoamerica? Provide a comparison of the various type of societies presented in the readings and lectures. Pay close attention to the various stages of cultural development in Mesoamerica, from the Pre Classic to the Post Classic Period (class notes).

3. In chapter 3, Chasteen focuses on the concepts of hegemony of religion, the process of “transculturation” and “race mixing” in the Latin American experience. How is this historical experience important in our understanding of the Latino experience in the United States? In your response provide definitions and explanations of the ideas. The definitions will be useful in preparation for the exam.

Ramon Sanchez, “Northwest and the Conquest of the Americas” in Memory, Community and Activism

4. What does Sanchez mean by “Hybridity is part of the historical development of the Northwest, part of the boundary shifts and identity remixings of its evolution”?

Juan Gonzalez, “Conquerors and Victims: The Image of America Forms, 1500-1800” in Harvest of Empire

5. What does Gonzalez say about the different direction of development in the colonies of Latin America versus the British colonies in what is now the United States? Compare and Contrast the differences in the historical experience of the two regions.


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