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Latin America By NinA E-mail wecrazedgtenety Chapter 1 Ancient America 1a A great number of aboriginal groups indians speaking many different languages and having many different ways of life occupied America at the time of its discovery by Columbus False the Mayas were around before the discovery of Columbus And the different aboriginal groups were very similar in lifestyles and customs Chapter 2 The Hispanic Background 2b The Catholic Sovereigns rendered major services to the Spanish people True they did render major services to the Spanish First they tamed the arrogant nobility Second they defeated the Moors and united the Spanish kingdoms in pursuit of common goals Third they encouraged the growth of trade and industry and showed themselves to be intelligent patrons of learning and the arts Their prudent diplomacy gave Spain a place among the first powers of Europe Chapter 3 The Conquest of America 3a The Canaries and Madeiras played a strategic role in the discovery and colonization of America True by providing stepping stones and staging areas for the crossing to America and their conquest colonization and economic organization set the pattern for Iberian colonial policies in the new world Italian especially Genoese merchants and bankers contributed much of the capital and technical skills needed for the economic organization of these islands Chapter 4 The Economic Foundations of Colonial Life 4d Spanish agriculture did not differ from Indian land in significant ways False the Spanish agriculture differed from Indian land use in many significant ways First it was extensive cultivating large tracts with plows and draft animals in contrast with the subsistence character of traditional Indian agriculture Through the need to pay tribute and other obligations in cash the Indian farmer came under increasing pressure to produce for the market But as a rule the Hacenderos superior resources made it difficult for the Indian farmer to compete except in times of an abundant harvest and he
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