This lecture will focus on the initial European encounter with the Caribbean, connecting this to the ‘expansion of Europe’. It will also draw attention to indigenous resistance to conquest.
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For the text of the Treaty of Tordesillas, see…
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On the ‘expansion of Europe’, see…
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