Europe and the New Worlds of the Americas

Author(s): Per Cornell

Year: 2014


The colonization of the Americas was a violent and exploitative affair. While the European colonial project turned out a success in certain areas, from the view of the conqueror, the colonial process in general was difficult. There was substantial resistance in different forms, and the results of the efforts at colonize turned out quite different from the colonizers scenario. With varied examples, but mainly from areas not fully under colonial control in two regions, i.e. today’s Northwestern Argentina and Caribean Mexico, such “unexpected” cases will be addressed. These developments have been seen as anomalies, but the argument put forward in this paper is that they actually form part of the historical process. They may be seen as the truly New Worlds of the 16th and the 17th centuries. Such experiments, made by the indigenous population, is a counterpart to other Utopian experiments in the Americas, initiated by Europeans.

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Europe and the New Worlds of the Americas. Per Cornell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436629)

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PaperId(s): SYM-7,19