Colonial Latin America

This is the homepage of a history and anthropology course titled “Colonial Latin America.” As a textbook, we read through the 2nd edition of Latin America in Colonial Times by Matthew Restall and Kris Lane. Here is the 2024 YouTube Playlist:

Latin America, as Birth of the Modern World


  • Native America


  • Castile and Portugal


  • Atlantic Africa

Iberian Imperial

  • The Iberian Imperial Dawn

Native Empires

  • Native American Empires

Chain of Conquest

  • The Chain of Conquest

Incomplete Conquest

  • The Incomplete Conquest

Native Communities

Black Communities

Religion & Deviancy

  • “The Religious Renaissance” and “Deviancy, Discipline, and Identity”

Daily Life

  • Daily Life in City and Country

Late Colonial Life

  • “War & Reform” and “Late Colonial Life”

In my 2023 course on the Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean, I used Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest by Matthew Restall and Potosí: The Silver City That Changed the World by Kris Lane. Here is the YouTube Playlist for that course:

My previous use of a textbook was The Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean by Harry Sanabria. This was for the 2021 course Anthro of Latin America & Caribbean. Here is the playlist for that course:


This webpage is part of a series of posts about teaching anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean. The series includes:

These posts are all cataloged in the Latin America index tag for the site, which also includes related blog-posts.

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