Slavery in Colonial Latin America

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Slavery has many negative connotations because of the perceived violation of basic human rights to freedom and choice. In the case of many slave nations, the inhumane treatment of slave races evident in centuries of testimonials and independent study, as well as allusions in literature, has made it an incompatible concept in modern society.


This is most evident in Latin America.
The history of Latin America is a complex interplay of economic and political agenda that buffeted these countries in as a result of what can only be termed the struggle for supremacy between European powers from the 15th century.
The term Latin America is ascribed to countries in South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean Islands that lie south of the United States where the spoken language is of Spanish or Portuguese extraction. ("Latin America," 2007)
Colonial Latin America is the period that many believe began with the discovery of Christopher Columbus of the Americas, referred to as the New World, landing in the Bahamas in 1492, but in fact the colonial era began when the Council of the Indies was convened in 1524 ad ended with the Comuero revolt in 1781. ("Colonial Period," 1998) This was after the Treaty of Tordesillas of 1493 divided the New World wherein the Spanish controlled everything west of the Line of Demarcation and the Portuguese had power over the east, which later became Brazil. At this point, the indigenous people, including the ruling Incas and Aztecs, had been overpowered by the colonists.
Large percentages of the indigenous people in colonized Latin America died during this period, attributed mostly to diseases brought by the European ...
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