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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas


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Native Cultures, Ancient Cultures

Acosta
Some Europeans - those who traveled to the New World and those who did not - were struck by the apparent age and sophistication of Indian civilizations.
Boemus
Las Casas, Historia
Beginning in the 16th century, European intellectuals made serious efforts to assimilate various Indian groups into the lexicon of European culture. Rather than investigating potentially threatening differences between cultures, however, Europeans sought similarities.
Guichard
Horn
Acosta organized the peoples of the world into a trinity, with Europeans at the top; Las Casas and Horn sought to determine the Biblical ancestries of American natives, while Boemus, Guichard, and Picard, among many others, detailed American native cultures for titillated European readers.
Picard

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