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In the US it is very common to still hear of the poor way African Americans were treated in the early part of this nations History We hear stories of black slaves working 18 hour days picking cotton and the trauma of slaves being beaten for disobeying their masters For many African American families it seems that was the way of life not long ago While it is very important to realize what these African Americans went through I think it is often forgotten that indigenous people of Latin Americawere exploited in similar ways but through different Labor Systems From Spains early arrival in the Caribbean through their establishment of the Spanish empire indigenous people were exploited through cheap slave like labor One of the most incredible subjects raised by the documents presented in Colonial Spanish America is the topic of Labor Systems that were imposed on the indigenous people Spain tried to excuse this exploitation by claiming to save these indigenous people by teaching them the ways of Christ but many of the Articles in Colonial Spanish America Struggle Survival and The Limits of Racial Domination prove otherwise Through letters personal stories and other documents these books present accounts that tell about the labor system used in this area They tell of the Spanish labor systems such as the encomiendos and later rapartamientos and how these operations were run In discussing the Labor system that existed during the time of Spanish rule it is important to understand what labor systems that were used why the Spanish used them how they justified using indigenous people in such a way how the indigenous as well as black slaves were treated in these systems and the effects the Labor Systems had on the indigenous population As soon as the first Spanish entradas arrived in the New World they realized the vast resources that had been virtually untapped They saw incredible wealth in the sugar cane
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