The Lieutenant Nun: More Than Catalina, More Than Alonso (Lesson)

Engraving of Doña Catalina de Arauso

Students will learn about the Mapuche, their worldview, lifestyle, and resistance. Through primary sources, they will analyze the day-to-day life of Spanish women in the Araucarian wars, such as Catalina de Erauso, also known as Alonso Diaz. They will find more information to consider how women used the legal and societal conventions to defy gender identity in colonial Latin America.

Presenting Geospatial Research with ArcGIS (Platform Tutorial)

Presenting Geospatial Research with ArcGIS (Platform Tutorial)

This step-by-step tutorial will introduce you to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS StoryMaps, free web-based tools that help you visualize and present geospatial research, using data and images from materials related to the Augustinian Order in sixteenth-century Mexico preserved at the Benson Latin American Collection.

Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question (Exhibition)

Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question (Exhibition)

The exhibition focuses on three distinct moments when maps played an integral role in the transformation of Mexico and its political geography. In the sixteenth century, early colonial pictographic maps drawn by indigenous artists reflect the growth of Spanish colonial administration. In the eighteenth century, new maps of Mexico’s principal cities serve as both representations and instruments of the viceregal government’s efforts to re-order and regulate Mexican social life and public spaces. In the nineteenth century, maps are central to the military struggle for independence and the defense of contested national borders.

Indigenous Borderlands (Unit)

Indigenous Borderlands (Unit)

Through an experiential learning format, this 6-week plan is divided in three segments, each corresponding to the steps of the development of a digital project: theory, design and building of digital product, and public outreach. It has been designed to incorporate digital praxis into your courses, and move from theory to praxis.

Colonialism’s Impact on Mexico (Lesson)

Colonialism’s Impact on Mexico (Lesson)

Lesson helps students build on prior learning about indigenous civilizations in Mexico to evaluate how the encomienda system connects to the later casta system, and to compare and contrast colonialism of 1490’s with U.S. imperialism in early 1900’s, using a Venn diagram.

In What Ways Might Colonization Lead to Rebellion? (Unit)

In What Ways Might Colonization Lead to Rebellion? (Unit)

This unit aims to critically examine the ways colonization shaped Mexico, particularly in the years leading up to the Mexican Revolution. By analyzing the colonial system of encomienda and its postcolonial manifestation of casta, students will be able to understand the complex and racialized power dynamics contributing to the increased poverty and disenfranchisement of peoples across Mexico.