Benson Rare Book Collection (Primary Sources)

Benson Rare Book Collection (Primary Sources)

Digitized books in the Benson’s Rare Book Collection encompassing a wide variety of topics relating to Spanish and Latin America, including literature, histories, travel accounts, and secondary sources.

Quilombos of Vale do Ribeira Collection (Primary Sources)

Quilombos of Vale do Ribeira Collection (Primary Sources)

This archival collection documents the founding and history of Movimento dos Ameaçados por Barragens (MOAB)/Equipe de Articulação e Assessorias às Comunidades Negras do Vale do Ribeira (EAACONE), and the social and political organization of quilombola communities in the Ribeira Valley in their struggle for the guarantee of their territorial rights.

Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (Primary Sources)

Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (Primary Sources)

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) is a digital language archive of recordings, texts, and other multimedia materials in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America. AILLA’s mission is to preserve these materials and make them available to Indigenous Peoples, researchers, and other friends of these languages now and for generations to come.

Women in Colonial Latin America (Unit)

Women in Colonial Latin America (Unit)

Students will learn about how Indigenous and Spanish women navigated Spanish colonization and patriarchy in Latin America. This unit explores women’s agency through the figures of Malintzin (Malinche), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Catalina de Erauso.

The Age of Exploration (Lesson)

The Age of Exploration  (Lesson)

In this lesson, students will identify the causes and consequences of the European Expansion. They will consider the importance of Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro in the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

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.