Primary Source Reflection – Week 1

Primary Source Reflection – Week 1

For this week’s reflection, I want you to focus on the second and third readings from this week: Giovanni da Verrazano “Encountering Native Americans” and “Bartolom de las Casas on Spanish Treatment of the Indians.” These two documents provide us with some of our earliest knowledge of Native American peoples and how European colonizers interacted with them.

In this reflection, I want you to think about what we’ve read in these and how they impact your understanding of the early history of colonial America. Do these impact your thinking on the process of colonization? How do they change your perspective on the Spanish Empire?

As a reminder, this assignment should be between 300 and 500 words in length, and you do not need to cite outside sources (unless you want to). The focus should be on the primary sources from our reader. As always, though, I am looking for strong academic writing, so avoid making it too casual.

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